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The Silver King - From Discovery to Community
Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History
Nelson , British Columbia


   When the Hall brothers of
Colville, Washington
discovered substantial
deposits of copper and silver
on Toad Mountain in British
Columbia in 1886, the rush
was on and the Silver King
mine and the founding of
Nelson followed rapidly. With
the mine came the need for

transportation routes and
Nelson expanded quickly,
building wagon roads,
railroads, and launching
steamboats to move the ore.
Although operations at the
Silver King mine and the
associated smelter began to
founder by the turn of the
century, the impact on Nelson

and the surrounding community
was irreversible. This
exhibition explores how the
discovery of silver left its
social, economic and
industrial legacy on this

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