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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE lETHBRIDOB HERALD Friday, March Old steam tractor at Three Valley Gap Ghost town re-created at Three Valley Gap REVELSTOKE, B.C. A long-standing love of early Canadiana has created a 'lion by the tail' situation for Gordon Bell of Three Valley Gap, B.C Mountain lion, that is A classic example of being in the right place at the right time, Bell is now putting the finishing touches to his re- created ghost town right on the Trans Canada Highway near Revelstoke just when the public passion for history, memorabilia and nostalgia is reaching a crescendo. An incredible collection of nearly thirty authentic old buildings and literally thousands of antiques from all over the Canadian west, Three Valley Gap has been rec- reated with painstaking attention to detail. Unlike British Columbia government projects such as Barkerville, Ft Steele, and Fort Langley, virtually none of Three Valley Gap ever existed at that location in the old days although was a settlement known as Three Valley nearby, until about the turn of the century Scheduled for completion this spring is the re-creation of the main floor of the three- storey Bellevue Hotel replete with elegant dining room, bar-room, combination pool room and tonsonal parlor (barber shop to the uninitiated) and a lobby right out of Bonanza. "We've located Bell says enthusiastically. "All the old pots and pans, crockery, furniture even the linen! Would you believe we found some ancient preserves left on the kitchen shelves since the hotel closed down ages ago." The exterior of the fascinating old three-storey building is virtually completed. Every board went back in place exactly as before so unerringly that the ancient lettering on the exterior of the second storey once again spells out the name "Bellevue Creator Gordon Bell, 41, gaye up a successful contracting business on the prairies to return to Revelstoke, the land of his boyhood, and assemble a life- time dream. The site, "collected" first, fitted the bill perfectly Tucked into the rugged Monashees, some 12 miles west of Revelstoke is the Lake of Three Valleys, lying deep and still in Eagle Pass. The discovery of this pass by government surveyor Walter Moberley on an historic day in August, 1865, virtually made possible completion of the Canadian Pacific's trans- continental and nation- welding railway. The last spike was driven home at Craigellachie, just a few miles farther west This, then, was to be the home ior the historic collection. Next came the buildings. Gordon Bell and his wife Ethel scoured most of BriLsh Columbia in search of log and frame structures left over from a bygone era. Bell makes it sound so simple. "We just number the components, dismantle them, truck them back to Three Valley Gap and put them up again log for numbered log, board for board. The search began in 1964. Today, only ten years later, Three Valley Gap is already virtually a complete town. There is a homestead log house, brought in from south of Revelstoke, a jail and sheriffs office originally built well before the turn of the century; a trapper's cabin from a trapline deep in the mountains to the south; an old log schoo', a great log building wti'ch was once a halfway house on the old Big Bend to the northern goldfields; and an 82-year-old church (ancient by B.C. standards) which has now been moved twice. Only one or two buildings are not originals and Gordon Bell has brought them Passport Photos Candid Picture Framing Photo Suppliei A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAveS Phone 328-0222 HMDON R IAW8ON TRAVEL UD. within a hair's breadth of history, too. Shedding 20th century techniques, he reverted to hand-hewn logs and other pioneer construction methods to create buildings where the original was not available. One such is the "Golden Wheel a replica of an historic establishment at French Creek another Big Bend gold rush site. The interior of the Golden Wheel is dusty with history wagonwheel ceiling lamps, a hoary grandfather clock, gleaming brass spittoons and a massive bar, heavy with ornamental carvings, which the Bells found in a former saloon in Swift Current, Saskatchewan! Rounding out the 'amenities' of the popular ghost town are a freight office, a barber shop, a general store plus carpentry, saddlery and blacksmith shops all stocked and furnished with appropriate accoutrement of a bygone era Each is, in fact, a self-contained museum; the displays of firearms in the sheriff's office and the tonsonal tools in the barber shop are in themselves valuable and complete collections. "The Prairies were a wonderful bunting ground for recalls Gordon. "You asked for lamps and people brought out books. You inquired after books and they offered Which is of course most nourishing fare for a case of collector's fever. In short order, it has produced a veritable treasure-trove of antiques of all descriptions, including such prized items as books dating back to the 16th century, a tress of human hair over 100 years old, and a snowshoe made for a horse. Meanwhile, discreetly separated from the old town, but close at hand, the Bells have built a modern lakeshore motel plus restaurant, dining lounge, gift shop and service station. From the dining lounge windows, the visitor looks out over the sandy beach and the Lake of the Three Valleys, sandwiched between the towering Monashee Mountains where a century ago a surveyor saw a mean? to link a railroad and thus a nation. NEW DIRECTOR MONTREAL Grigor Giurov, who opened the first Bulgarian Tourist Office here in 1968. has returned to Montreal as director for Canada. He replaces Andrey Petrov who has been named director of advertising and public relations at the Sofia head office. Energy crises ended Announcement by Danish authorities this week that Denmark's ban on Sunday driving has been lifted means the end of any energy shortages which might affect the traveler in Scandinavia. The Scandinavian National Tourist Offices report that Sweden discontinued its gasoline rationing at the end of January and Norway abandoned contingent plans. Finland has imposed no restrictions Denmark this week lifted all restrictions or rationing of fuel for private or rented automobiles, and has restored heating supplies for private buildings to virtual normal Heating and lighting in hotels and other public places, and fuel for public transportation and sightseeing services in Scandinavia had not been affected. The.only apparrent vestiges of the energy crunch are speed limits to conserve fuel and reduced levels of lighting for streets and shop windows. The latter are expected to be eased soon. Safe, snug havens Whichever way you look at it. you can't do belter than gx> with us. amines 32S-MOO MAZATLAN AfKIL WEEK LAS VEGAS MAftCH OPEK PERSON IncluiSes BAVARIAN NIGHT MAMCHMTH BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL ELSftLtftVINM QARSHMAN TRAVEL LTD. Sth Avemie S.W. Calgary Tourists still flock to Spain's sunny coast Sun lovers ignore prices NERJA, Spain (CP) The Costa del Sol on the southern coast of Spain remains a para- dise for travellers who can get by on a diet of cigarettes, booze and the occasional orange. But for those who prefer a more balanced diet, prices are rising fast. A combination of a 12-per- cent annual inflation of Europe's highest-and the newly- acquired awareness among locals that tourists' holiday money can be easily har- vested, has brought new pros- perity to this and other Spanish villages in the sun- drenched vacation land. Food prices are on a par or even higher than those in Can- ada, report many Canadian visitors. Many find themselves cabling home for more money from resorts where, 10 years ago, restaurant prices were rock bottom and locally produced handicraft could be bought for a song. Meat and poultry now cost as much here as in Canada while canned and packaged goods are at least twice the price Certain items remain cheap, such as black tobacco for as little as 10 cents a pack and the potent local wine which sells for 40 cents a litre (.87 Brandy is a bottle and beer can be bought in local grocery stores for 27 cents a litre. But the price of booze in the bars has rocketed in the last five years Nonetheless, the tourists continue to flock to the area, gladly paying the going rate for the pleasure of a little sun. Government statistics show 80 per cent of the region's economy depends on tourism. By TROY GARRISON There are still a few places in this world where you can stroll at night without being mugged, or run over by a truck. Where you can go where you want without shooting the rapids of the freeways and paying ransom to get your car out of a parking lot; in such places, in fact, you'll consider cars irrelevant There, too, you can have an excellent dinner, served attentively, in elegant surroundings, then see a good nightclub show, all without being overcharged. And you won't be spooked by driving home after you've had a few drinks. Home is a short pleasant stroll away; and when you get there, there's no chance you'll find it's been burglarized. Currently, there are about 15 of these snug havens, cruise ships operating from the West Coast according to TPPC, the Pacific Cruise Conference; and they offer the opportunity to travel to some of the world's most exotic areas in the world's safest environment At ports of call, shore excursions are conducted by the ships' own tour escorts the shipping companies' local agents, who know the ropes. Furthermore, you'll never find that your room reservation has been lost in the shuffle. After a day of sightseeing or shopping, you return to a cruiseperson's castle his her cabin There's your steward waiting to see how he can serve you. If you've any of the health problems that flesh is heir to. a dispensary and hospital aboard, complete with a professional staff, including doctors who actually make "house" calls. Truly, maintains TPPC. there can be no place on earth so suited to the exorcism of the demons of insecurity, inconvenience and aggravation. The Herald Travel Charter Flights to LONDON Aboard WARDAIR luxury jet Weekend departures 2, 3, 4, and 5 weeks duration Return Fares From S339 For further information and reservations contact A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 6085thAve.S. Phono 328-7921 Ampto parking at roar of building S AND BOYS' WEAR WEEKEND Men's Dress Slacks Choose from either 100% polyester, a poly- ester and wool blend or a rayon blend. All feature flare legs styling with the wide belt loops. A good assortment of patterns in sizes 30 to 40. Men's Dress Shirts 65% polyester and 35% cotton that is ma- chine washable. Perma press. Styled with a long pointed.' rounded or button down collars, they all have long sleeves and one button cuffs. Assorted patterns in sizes 14VZ to 17. PAIR 12.88 EACH 5.99 ftp' Sweater Clearance 100% acrylic in the cardigan style. Machine washable. Choose from solid colors or solids with striped trim. Sizes S.M.L Pant Clearance 100% cotton that is completely machine washable Assorted plaids to choose from all with the popular bag leg styling. Made in EACH 2.99 Open Daily am to pm Thursday and Friday am to t pm Canada. PAIR 4.99 COLLEGE SHOPPING MAUL 2025 Mayor Maorath Drive IF YOU TAKE AWAY OUR LOW PRICES YOU'VE GOT A REGULAR DEPARTMENT STORE ;