Fort Steele

Fort Steele is a living history museum standing on its original site. Originally a ferry crossing it is now named after Supt Steele of the NWMP who established a police post here in 1887 when a native uprising was feared. It grew and prospered from 1892 thanks to the discovery of metal and coal deposits. But the CPR went via Cranbrook, not here, and government offices moved there. By 1910 the town was declining rapidly. Eventually in 1961 it was declared an historic park.

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