Settlers' Effects - Prince George - Environmental, Cultural & Social Change from 1805-1972 - Overview
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Settlers Effects¿ is a collection of photographs that depict life during the earliest days in Prince George. It is a valuable record of the impact that people had on the landscape, and how the landscape shaped the community socially, culturally, and environmentally. From the establishment of Fort George in 1807 to the arrival of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in 1952, the photographs convey a sense of the resiliency and determination that these early settlers showed in creating our community.

Many of the photographs were taken by professional photographers. However, a significant number are from family collections, which give us a glimpse of what daily life was like for them. These ¿settlers¿ effects¿ allow us to reminisce and discover the changes that built the community of Prince George.

Key events in the city¿s history are the:
  • Establishment of a trading post at Fort George
  • Paddlewheelers moving goods along the Fraser and Nechako Rivers
  • Construction and arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific and the Pacific Great Eastern Railways
  • Development of the forest industry
  • Significant military establishment during World War I and II
  • Construction of Highways 97 and 16

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