Birth of a Community — Part 4

The fourth part of my brief history of early Grandview covers the first real growth of our community in the period 1901 to 1907.

Select link to read the pdf for Part 4 — Birth_Creating Grandview

Part 5 will cover the boom from 1907 to 1913

The first 3 parts of this series are available at Birth_One_to_Three

Comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcomed and encouraged.

The Birth of A Community — Part 3

The third part of my brief history of early Grandview covers the earliest residents of Grandview, those that settled between 1891 and 1901.

Select link to read the pdf for Part 3 — Birth_John Mason and His Neighbours

Part 4 will get into the nitty-gritty of developing the neighbourhood through 1909.

Parts 1 and 2 of this series are available at Birth_One_Two

Comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcomed and encouraged.

Birth of A Community — Part 2

The second part of my brief history of early Grandview covers some aspects of the 1880-1899 period. In particular, it looks at some efforts to open the area to development, including the opening of the interurban railway between Vancouver and New Westminster, and a speculative real estate boom which failed completely.

Select link to read the pdf for Part 2 — Birth_False Starts

Part 3 will look at the small band of pioneer settlers who chose to live in Grandview between 1891 and the 1901 Census.

Part 1 of this series is available at Birth_In The Beginning for web

Comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcomed and encouraged.

Birth of a Community — Part 1

I have been pottering around for yearss now working with various parts of the earliest history of Grandview, and it is time to share some of that research. This will be the first in a series of essays I will publish here as pdfs for comment and improvement. Your ideas, suggestions, corrections, etc will be gratefully received and will help us all understand a little bit better the history of our wonderful neighbourhood.

Many of you will know that the real growth of Grandview took place between 1905 and 1913. However, that growth was an outcome of decisions made decades earlier when lumber was king and Grandview was a forest. This part of the story — “:Birth_In The Beginning for web” — (select link to download the pdf) describes how Grandview came to be in the 1860s and 1870s.