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TIMELINE: THE HISTORY OF OKANAGAN FALLS

Okanagan Falls

Okanagan Falls

10000-9000BC First people arrive in area.
1400’s European settlement of North America begins.
1700’s

Horse comes to Okanagan.

Prior to the European coming to the area, OK Falls is an important trading and meeting centre for Aboriginal people in the Okanagan.

1811 David Stuart, earliest known European explored the Similameen for the Northwest Fur Co.
1846 Agreement of the on the 49th parallel as the western boundary between Canada and the U.S.A.
1871 BC joins the Dominion of Canada.
1876 Michael Morgan, first European to settle in OK Falls area.
1883 Small Pox epidemic kills one out of every three Aboriginal people.
1886 Indian Reserves were formed.
1893

OK Falls town site established.

The Naramata, first steamship to operate on Skaha Lake, was launched. It operated between Penticton and “Dogtown”.

First newspaper published, “Okanagan Mining Review”.

1896 First school opened.
1899 Typhoid epidemic.
1908 Governor General Earl Grey visits OK Falls. Stays at the Alexandra Hotel.
1914-18 WW I.
1919 Vaseaux Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary established.
1933 First Library in OK Falls started by the Women’s Institute.
1939-45 WW II.
1949 BC Aboriginal people receive the right to vote in Provincial elections.
1956 Kettle Valley Railway abandoned, stops running to OK Falls.
1960 Aboriginal people given the right to vote in Federal elections.
1961 Kenny McLean wins World Bronc Riding Championship.
1971 Weyerhaeuser Mill established.
   

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