Sunday, October 28, 2012

Harrison Mills B.C. Old Mill in the Forest

In the Forest © Stephen Mullock
I came across this lonely old building in the woods close to the Kilby Museum in Harrison Mills B.C. this week and was curious about its past.  I have been told that it was an Old Mill but I am still awaiting clarification about this. Abandoned and broken, at one time, its builders took care to provide gentle arches to the door and window frames and thick cement walls constructed to withstand the tests of time. 
Today, more than a 100 years later the interior walls have been tagged by modern artists/vandals and the site is overgrown as it returns once again to nature.


This building was connected to the Harrison River and these old pylons still stand like a forest of totems bearing witness.
 Up until 1906, when a railway was built through Chilliwack, the Harrison River served as a major water route from Chilliwack to the Canadian Pacific Railway located here in Harrison Mills.  Agricultural goods would be shipped daily from the farms in Chilliwack to Vancouver.  Passengers would disembark and board the CPR train for comfortable passage.   There is plenty of magic still left over from that time period in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison. 
  Imagine living here...   All pictures©Stephen Mullock  
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1 comment:

  1. This was a shingle mill at one time it burned down around can still see what's left of an old boiler. I used to live in Harrison Mills and also worked for the Kilby's in the store (when it was still an operating store) There used to be a mill across the railroad bridge as well. Harrison Mills was a thriving Mill town... with many more houses than there are today. Everything was brought in and out on the river and then by roads into Harrison Mills till around 1925. This town was also a stop on the way to the gold rush ... for supplies etc. before they went on their way to places like Barkerville. There should be a lot of this history recorded in the Kilby is a shame about the graffiti on the old mill site :(