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TIMELINE: THE HISTORY OF PRINCETON

1860

First Princeton Town Site laid-out by Royal Engineers.

1885 Gold Rush at Granite Creek. (Became third largest City in BC)
1889 First Princeton sawmill was opened by Tom Hunter of Nicola.
1900 First Princeton School.
1903 First Telephone Service in Princeton.
1906 First Princeton Fire Brigade.
1909 First Railway (Great Northern from Spokane) reaches Princeton.
1911 First Princeton Hospital Built.
1912 Princeton Hotel Built. (Burnt down in 2006)
1920 20 People die in Town from Flu epidemic.
1932 Airport built and opened.
1933 First Overwaitea store in Princeton.
1949 Hope-Princeton Highway opened.
1955 Present day Post Office opened.
1957 Western Pines Lumber Co (Now Weyerhaeuser) opened Mill.
1959 First TV in Princeton.
1965 New Curling Rink.
1967 First Annual Fall Fair.
1972 Radio Station Opened.
1974 New Fire Hall opened.
1978 Princeton’s status changed from “Village” to “Town”.
1985 Princeton’s 125th Birthday.

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