If these walls could only talk..

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UploadedMarch 21, 2012
TakenJanuary 1, 2000
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Taken August 3, 2011

St. Charles Mission Church and the mission house were built in the mid 1800's by Oblate Missionaries on a site that was originally located by the explorer Alexander McKenzie, on the banks of the Peace River in Alberta, Canada, in 1793 while on his search for the Western (Pacific) Ocean.

Ft. Dunvegan has a remarkable past, having been fought over by the rival NorthWest and Hudson Bay Trading companies, who were both established fur traders with the Beaver, Slave, Owl and other Indian bands of the area. There was a fort here at one time but it was destroyed by fire. The mission buildings and a trading post residence are all that remain of what was once a very active community. In 1882 an Anglican Mission was also established here. The grave of the Anglican minister's infant daughter has become a must see for visitors.. it brings a special sense of reality, or connection, to this community of the past. Diaries indicate that life was very trying and difficult for these early settlers and for the first nations people as well..

These two buildings have been restored in recent years..

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    I love the old log buildings...Excellent shot and also a very good narrative to support the image..

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    Thank you Andrea.. I love these old buildings, too. It is quite a feeling to go inside them and feel the past surround you..

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    Nicely done

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    Perfect title!!! Its wonderful they were saved......

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    I love old log buildings like this. I would love to be able to hear what went on in the old buildings, in years past. You have given us such an interesting narrative on the history that took place there. I agree, perfect title and excellent entry to the theme.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (21 Mar 2012):

    wonderful history here. Made a great entry .very nice photo!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    Timeless entry in JPG's Theme Park.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey said (22 Mar 2012):

    Great photo of those historical buildings.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    A very good capture of history....Great to have the narrative to go with this fab entry!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    A terrific capture and narrative. I love that people restore these wonderful landmarks!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    Fabulous shot, entry and history lesson.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (22 Mar 2012):

    Lovely image and great story.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (24 Mar 2012):

    fantastic entry..... great find.

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