On the Coalmont Community History page you will find links to the best and most comprehensive information on our past. However, the history of our area is mostly documented in old newspapers and a few key books which are not easy to get hold of.
Perhaps the best known is Don Blake’s book “Blakeburn, From Dust to Dust” which has been out of print so long that when the odd copy surfaces, it sells for well over $100.
The Story of Similkameen, by Rev. John Goodfellow is another key book. This little book was originally published in 1958 and has become almost impossible to find.
It details the early history and many of the people involved, starting with the first settlers, Mr. and Mrs. John Fall Allison. Fortunately for us, this book is now available on the net in it’s full glory.
I strongly recommend this to anyone who is at all interested in local history. Goodfellow had an excellent reputation in his day, and the information he put down is authoritative and invaluable. Thanks goes to Diane Sterne for transcribing this work and making it available for us.
You can find it here.