Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Gastown Grows Up
The population of Gastown grew but only as much as was needed. This little settlement didn't attract the speculators and minor capitalists who had been coming to BC since 1871 in anticipation of the railway.
There are events happening in Gastown during this time, which are interesting. In 1875, Gastown was re-surveyed by John Jane. Jane recommended the graveyard be transferred from Deadman's Island (now HMS Discovery) to Brockton Point.
Also in 175, a road was started to connect Gastown and Hastings, which was completed in 1877. The timber exports for the inlet for the year was 29 million board feet. During 1877, Morton, Brighouse and Hailstone divided the Brickmakers' Claim, Brighouse taking the eastern third abutting on Burrard Street, Hailstone the centre section and Morton that adjoining Stanley Park.
The town's second church, Anglican St. James, was built on mill property and completed in 1880. It was dedicated by Bishop Sillitoe on May 15 and its rector was Reverend George Ditcham.
The following year, a two-plank-wide sidewaldk was laid by the chain gang. It ran from Gastown along Hastings road, past the church to the mill. (In 1915, Vancouver was still building these types of sidewalks.)
In the fall of 1881 Joseph Spratt of Victoria established a herring saltery and fish-oil plant on the south side of Coal Harbour.
I hope you find the beauty around you.