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Train centenary bash planned in Terrace, B.C.

People on board a train passing through the area in 1914 admire the view. The centenary of rail traffic through Terrace is going to be celebrated on April 13 at the George Little House. - Royal BC Museum Archives
People on board a train passing through the area in 1914 admire the view. The centenary of rail traffic through Terrace is going to be celebrated on April 13 at the George Little House.
— image credit: Royal BC Museum Archives

The second of three centenary recognition events takes place here April 13 with a community party noting the 100th anniversary of train traffic through Terrace.

Organized by the city’s 100th anniversary celebration committee, the event takes place in front of the George Little House at the foot of Kalum St., right beside the former Terrace Co-op lands.

The actual first date a train belonging to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway passed through Terrace from the east to Prince Rupert is April 9, 1914.

There’s going to be music, food from the Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen and a large 100th anniversary cake.

“We’re going to close off the cul-de-sac right in front of the George Little House and probably the whole street as well,” says Debbie Letawksi, the manager of the George Little House and a member of the city’s 100th anniversary celebration committee.

The major feature of the day for children will be a miniature train belonging to the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum.

“It’s going to be set up right outside,” said Letawksi.

Tiny Town, the miniature collection of replica buildings crafted by Jim Allen representing his hometown of Youghal, Ireland, located right beside the George Little House will be spruced up for the occasion.

Just last month, the 100th anniversary committee celebrated the centenary of the George Little House which now contains the Via Rail passenger station, a gift shop and offices.

It’s named after the person who had it built – George Little, the founder of Terrace.

And this August, during Riverboat Days, a third 100th anniversary will be noted – that being the opening of the Kitsumkalum school building.

It has long since been converted to offices for the Coast Mountains School District.

 

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