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Historical Walk Through Golden’s Residental Past

The home of J.F. Armstrong and his family

For more information please contact: Golden Museum and Archives 1302 - 11th Ave South Golden, BC V0A 1H0 or by Telephone: 250.344.5169 email:

Welcome to the Golden Museum’s historic walk. During this 45 minute walk, it is our goal that you are able to learn a little more about Golden’s early history. When you leave the museum you will be on 13th Street. Head down this street towards 10th Ave, the main street in Golden, which is also Highway 95 south.

1. Granny Hood’s House The white house to the right was built by James Henderson for his mother-inlaw, Mrs. Hood. Better known as “Granny Hood”, she moved to Golden from Scotland in the early 1900’s and ran a boarding house there over the years.

2. Mill Houses The last three houses across the road before the end of the block were built in 1912 to accommodate the employees of the Columbia River Lumber Company. Lumbering was the main industry in Golden between 1893 and 1926 and the number of men employed in the industry

hasn’t changed much from that time to the present. Even though the CRL Co’s timber holding was destroyed by a massive fire in 1926, mills still come and go in Golden. Right now Louisiana Pacific has the main mill in town, but one just has to look to the western mountains to see this industry will always be a multi-million dollar economy. This would be a good time to mention that the sidewalk you are on was once board walk reaching as much as thirty feet off the ground in some places.

3. J.T. Wood’s House If you look across 10th Ave from Granny Hood’s there is a two story white house that belonged to J.T. Wood, a foreman of CRL as well as a timekeeper and storekeeper. After the CRL closed its doors Mr. Wood opened a grocery store in a building on the bridge. He was a member of Golden’s first Curling Club, curling on the frozen sloughs with wooden rocks. Mr. Wood took an active

role in keeping the stolen bell in Golden. Continue down 10th Ave until you reach 12th Street and proceed with caution across the street on the cross walk.

4. Lake House The house to the left of you is a two story white house with green trim that was built for the Joseph Lake in 1894. It eventually became the home of the McRae family. Billy McRae came to Golden in 1913 and bought the men’s clothing store from McFarland and operated it continually until 1935 when he moved his family to Revelstoke. Mr. McRae was a prominent figure in Golden who presided over the opening of the Kicking Horse Trail in 1927.

5. H.G. Parson House Follow 12th street until you reach H.G. Parson House, established in 1893. Mr. Parson owned a huge store almost

on the corner of 10th Ave and 9th Street called “The Big Store”. The Parson name continues to be well known in the community today. H.G. Parson used to play golf in the backyard of this home.

6. Cornell House Follow 9th Ave until you reach the house to the right, number 904, which is called Cornell house. This house was originally built for Mr. Parson Sr., who unfortunately passed away before he could move in. The CRL purchased the house from the widow in 1907 and Cornell, the general manager of the CRL was in the house until 1929. The house was then sold to Dr. Ewert, a partner of Dr. Taylor. When Dr. Ewert passed away in 1940, Dr. Barclay moved into and stayed here until his death in 1952.

7. Captain Armstrong’s House

built in 1893 for the Captain and his

family. Armstrong was the first riverboater on the upper Columbia. The “Duchess” was the name of the first riverboat built by Armstrong in 1888 and she was nothing like her name implies. She was built out of bits of whip sawn lumber of different dimensions, with an upper deck that was too tall for her. Locally she was called the “Slab Ship” and soon encountered a wind storm that blew her over, but Armstrong realized the value of having boats that could navigate the tricky waters of the Upper Columbia and she was soon replaced by a fleet of handsome ships. At the end of the riverboat era Armstrong was at the helm when the last boat went up river in 1920 bringing an end to over 30 years of river travel.

Across the road to the left is the former home of Captain Francis Patrick Armstrong. This impressive house was

8. Sacred Heart Church

in the Wixon family until 2008 when Ruth Wixon passed away leaving it to the community.

of Windermere removed an abandoned church from Donald without permission from the church diocese, the congregation in Golden felt slighted at having been left out of the process, so when the dismantled church was left overnight on the riverboat dock the locals, who didn’t have a bell, pushed the bell into the river where it remained until rescued. The bell now hangs in this church.

Now proceed up 11th Street to the Seventh Day Ad-

12. CRL Mill Office 11. St. Paul’s Church Cross the road at the corner by the police station and keep right until you reach St. Paul’s Anglican Church which is home to the “Stolen Bell”. When the people

Continue up the street to the light. Cross to your right! The building on this corner is called Apostoles Restaurant. Originally this building served as the CRL mill office and when the mill closed it was purchased by the Degrazio family who moved it here. The building was jacked up, put on logs, and pulled to this location by horses. To the back of this building was the old curling rink, which after several renovations, sported curling sheets down the middle and a skating rink around the outer area. Spectators could watch from up above. Hockey was played on an open rink outside of the building. Cross 10th Ave. On the corner to your

ventist Church. The Church was built in 1888 for the Catholic congregation, under the supervision of Father Coccola, a traveling missionary to the Koo-

tenai Indians. There were seven pews on each side of the centre aisle and a choir loft. Sacred Heart Catholic congregation sold it when their number grew too large.

9. Buckham House The house to the left of the old church was built in 1891 for the treasurer of the CRL. In 1916, the house became home to the George Buckham family. Buckham came to Golden to join his brother in operating Buckham Drugs, the first all concrete building in Golden. From here, turn left down the alley and follow it to 10th Street and then down to 9th Ave and turn right.

10. Wixon House The little white house on the end of 9th Ave and 9th Street, across from the RCMP building now belongs to the Town of Golden, but was built in 1893 for Golden’s first doctor. Dr. Taylor sold the house when he built a bigger home for his growing family. Taylor sold the home to Arthur Wixon in 1912 and it remained left is Legacy of Light Gallery where the Grace Methodist Church once stood. It was built in 1902 and was the largest church in Golden at the time. The building to your right was built in 1932 and served the Masonic Fraternity until 1972 when the fraternity moved to its present location about the Liquor Store. Carry on to the end of the block but as you go notice St. Andrews United Church to your right. The original church was built on 1896 and torn down in 1957 so a bigger church could be built. Once you reach the corner turn right and continue down past the Fire Hall. This will bring you back to the Museum. We hope that you have enjoyed this little trip through south Golden historic past.

Further information on these and other historic buildings in Golden is available at the Golden Museum and Archives.

Walks and Talks  

This little brochure will lead you on a self guided walk through some of Golden's residental heritage.