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© Michael Kluckner
A 1992 painting from British Columbia in Watercolour of one of the last old commercial buildings in North Bend. It had been the town's cafe in recent years, but in 1992 it was used only for storage for a river-rafting outfit. It burned down some time in the mid 1990s.
Note and photos from Linda Reid, 2004: The WE Ford is William Edward - he was my mother in law's father and had the store from 1921 to 1928, I believe. The other one says J&E Lyons - one of William Edward's siblings, Louisa, married a Lyons - I'm not sure if they owned the store before or after the Fords.
from James Robert Wilson, Montreal, 2010: I
lived in North Bend for about 4 years as a young man with
the Foreman family. Lloyd Foreman, who ran the logging
operations in North Bend with his family, lived upstairs
in the cafe with his wife and daughter for a time before
buying the property and home on Blue Lake. At that point
his brother, Dave Foreman, took over the building and
started running a cafe to compete with the trailer cafe
down at the tracks that served the train crews. Dave
Foreman and his wife and his son, Richard, were the ones
who ran the group home for boys.
I've been back a couple of times to
visit the town. Things have changed, to say the least.
There was the cable car in service when I lived there. I
lived with the Foreman's in the big white house just
adjacent and across the street to the cafe. The house had
a nice amount of property and a barn and an old willow
Those were some of my best memories.
Maybe the best years of my life as a young boy.
The essential North Bend, as it was in 1980 (map from Lillooet-Fraser Heritage Resource Study, Heritage Conservation Branch, Victoria). The old Mount View (originally the Mountain) Hotel building still exists but is abandoned. The Harry Lee house stands on the first set of lots across from the "CPR hotel," which has been demolished. Neither of the old foreman's houses still exists, unless they've been altered substantially.
North Bend about 1910, with the hotel on the left, looking north. Photo courtesy CPR Archives
The original CPR Hotel in North Bend, about 1890, when it was run by Miss Jean Mollison (later the proprietor of the elegant Hotel Glencoe in Vancouver) and her sister. It burned down in 1927. Postcard courtesy of Greg Sahaydak
The second CPR Hotel in North Bend, built in 1929 and since demolished. Photo from Lillooet-Fraser Heritage Resource Study (which apparently only survives as a photocopy).