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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, January 17, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Old Hudson Bay Co. post to become national park structed without nails and was held together by a framework of vertical timbers which hold horizontal filler logs in place. "We were afraid the whole thing would fall apart if it as part of a national historic were raised in a traditional park to be ready for visitors in said crew foreman FORT ST. JAMES, B.C. (CP) Once the headquar- ters of a fur-trading empire in northern British Columbia, the original structures of Fort St. James are being restored IRISH CRANNOQ IN MAKING LOOKS LIKE ZULU VILLAGE Guide fighting to save wilds SMITHERS, B.C. (CP) About 200 miles north of here lies theSpatsizi square miles of relatively un- touched land in British Co- lumbia's northwest, at one time among the best big game hunting areas in the west. It is high country, with gent- ly sloping mountains, wide valleys, sub-alpine meadows, abundant wildlife and the source of the Stikine, Nass, Skeena and Finlay rivers. With the upgrading of the Stewart-Cassiar Highway and the northern extension of the British Columbia Railway, the plateau will soon be readi- ly accessible and perhaps ruined. This is the fear of Tommy Walker who first rode into the area in 1948 to set up a guid- ing business with his wife. Mr. Walker says the best way to save the area is to make it a foundation for wil- derness research sponsored by University of British Co- lumbia. But he says it will most likely become an ecolo- gical reserve. He first formulated his own plan in 1950 and says it came tantalizingly close to being re- alized. "We had everyone behind us, but the government would not give the necessary secur- ity of tenure so the whole thing fell he said. "We could have set up something people from all over the world would have come to see. 1 was quite will- ing to hand over my guiding wouldn't1 have been any financial benefit in it for me." The provincial government is considering two proposals for about acres' of the Spatsizi to be included in the Ecological Reserves Program established in 1971. Dr. Bristol Foster, director of the program, said the area under consideration covers Cold Fish Lake. The reserve was proposed to protect ca- ribou in the area. Dr. Foster said 54 of an in- tended 100 reserves have al- ready been set aside but no decision has been made on the Cold Fish Lake area. All the reserves are to be set up by 1975 to protect areas that are largely untouched by man. Mr. Walker has little pa- tience with the idea of ecolo- gical reserves. He calls them "a last you can't get anything better. "You can't fool around with these little he said. "It's a hell of a big country up the uplands of the north. I knew the whole area was vulnerable when I first rode into it in 1948 with my wife. The government is going ahead with northern de- velopment with no knowledge of what is up there." Mr. Walker operated a guiding business centred at Cold fish Lake for 20 years. 747 MM SKHTSEEMG CRUSH WITH STEWARDESS FLORIDA DISNEY WORLD, WASHINGTON, D.C. TOUR Washington, D.C., Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, Pensacola, El Paso, Jurarez Mexico, Phoenix.- Las Vegas. peb. 24th, March 17th. 24 low llfWir CMH SM Mm. TBMM. MmlMl. IMttn lew Feb. 8th 23rd, 16 days. Reno. San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm. 2 days In Disneyland, 2 days in San Diego. Shopping tour of Tijuana, Mexico, 2 days In Palm Springs 2 days in Las Vegas. As low as 9331 mm on sonns WE wr fnm Fit. M. CftMfti WMtr CMH WW4MM IWUiT TNT Feb.. 28th 16 days. Reno, San Francisco, Flshermans Wharf. 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It was built in 1888 and is one of the best examples of the traditional Hudson Bay Co. construction style called Red River Frame. The task facing a 10-man- restoration crew was to raise the huge log warehouse and replace rotting timbers with a cement footing to guarantee the building's continued exis- tence. It took three months anu three days to prepare the warehouse for its new founda- months to study the best way of moving the structure, and three days to move it. The warehouse was con- Steve Kueller. Eventually it was raised last May by attaching 'steel brackets to the building and lifting it in a way which kept pressure on the entire struc- ture and prevented it from falling apart like a card house. The fort, founded in 1806 by trader and explorer Simon Fraser, was at its peak in the late 19th century as the centre of a fur-trading empire stretching from Bear Lake in the north to Fort George (now Prince Ernie Robin, project man- ager of the restoration, said that when completed the re- constructed fort will be "as close as humanly possible to the appearance of this place in the 1890s." The warehouse is one of the more interesting of the build- ings being restored. Upstairs, its walls are covered with to- tals, and notations left by fur traders from an era when pa- per was scarce. The factor's house has been purchased for the restoration but until 1976 will remain oc- cupied by a private party. Copies will be made of other principal buildings which have disappeared, such as the old company store. Less impor- tant buildings, including an interpreter's house, forge workshop, stable and saloon must await government approval for reconstruction. The wooden compound which once surrounded the fort will also be reconstructed. Work on the fort is being carried out with attention to historical detail and authen- ticity. "Cut nails" are being imported from a dealer in the United States who prepares them at great expense espe- cially for such restoration projects. "We would like to get the local Necoslie band Indians into the act too, manufac- turing dugout canoes and smoking says Mr. Robin. "After all, the Indians were the reason for Fort St. James existence. Without them to bring in the furs the Hudson Bay Co. would not be here." When complete, the build- ings wil be furnished, and furs, blankets, dried fish and fur trade apparatus will be displayed to visitors con- ducted through the buildings by a guide. Both the federal and provin- cial governments are joining in support of the project, al- though it will be known as a national historic site. Mr. Robin's wife Orrice got the idea of restoring the site in 1961 and it gained provincial support in 1968. s The first visitors were con- ducted through the site by guides last summer.____ DUBLIN A project that Will add a vivid new dimen- sion to Irish folk history is un- derway not far from Shannon Airport. It is the re creation of a crannog, a small fortified island residence common in pre Christian Ireland. Work oh the development has been going ort for several months and now the small island, with its pair of thatch- ed houses and high defensive palisade, is taking on the appearance of a misplaced Masai manyatta. The crannog is part of a ma- jor new folk culture complex centered on the restored CJraggaunowen Castle in a beautiful setting of lakes and woodland in County Clare. Future plans call for the building of a ring fort, another form of ancient Irish dwelling place, and a museum that will house a uni- que collection of antiquities. 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