The community of Rossland, like so many other earlier mining settlements in the Kootenays, was staked in 1897. Miners in search of wild riches (gold and silver), drove the boom to the region from 1864 until the late 1890’s.
What set Rossland apart from other early mining settlements in the Kootenays, was the comradery of the locals who established the Miners Union; and eventually fought for just and safe labour conditions at the end of the nineteenth-century. These miners paved the way for the union movement in British Columbia and Canada – in the home base of the Miner’s Hall (Miners Union building) on Columbia Avenue. The historic hall was built in 1898 by architect E.J. Weston and has been a rallying point for the community for 119 years.
Today it’s home to the Gold Fever Follies, who celebrated 30 years in 2017!
and enjoy the Rossland's Gold Fever Follies this summer as they celebrate another
rip-roaring, high-kicking entertaining season! As always, the Follies will be
presenting an original musical comedy highlighting an aspect of Rossland’s rich
gold rush days of the late 1890s by melding fact, fiction and imagination into their performances
Story by KootRocks Staffer (Shannon Harrison), top/cover photo courtesy of the Gold Fever Follies.