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Sandon / Slocan Valley
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created by AngieinOk on 1/22/2008 4:18 AM
last modified by twinpowered on 8/30/2019 4:51 AM
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The Valley, also known as Valley of the Ghosts, has quite a few remains of ghost towns which were occupied during the same time as Sandon. Sandon is by far the most famous and intact, however a keen eye and a bit of research will help you find the more obscure, and challenging town sites. There are also many historic towns that never met the ghost town fate, and are well preserved such as Kaslo & New Denver.
Sandon is home to a handful of residents, and it is asked that you respect their privacy and property. I'm sure casual conversation could lead to a wealth of information.
 Basic Information
Type: Ghost Town
Status: Conservation and restoration
Accessibility: Easy, just drive in
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

Sandon, British Columbia
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • watch your step
  •  Interesting Features
    Tons to see.
    Allow a whole day, or more, to explore Sandon. Allow a few days or more to explore the Valley.
    Gorgeous scenery!
     Security Measures
  • 24 hour guard
  • full time residents. The mine is still working as well.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1891
    Closed: 1920
     Required Equipment
  • binoculars
  • long pants / sleeves
  • camera
  •  Recommended Equipment
    water because you'll get thirsty
    Sandon is a perfect example of boom to bust. It was here and pretty much gone in 20 years. It was built upon the discovery of silver lead ore in 1891. It was incorporated from 1898 until 1920 but was used during the 1940's to intern 1000 Japanese/Canadian during world war II. It was one of several internments in the Slocan Valley.
    It was known as the Monte Carlo of Canada. In it's heyday it had a population of 5000 people which included everyone from miners to millionaires. It had 29 hotels, 28 saloons, 3 breweries, 3 churches, a school, hospital, cigar factory, one of the largest red light districts in western Canada, including 85 bordellos, and much more. The city was nearly destroyed twice. A fire in 1900, and a wash out in 1955. Rapid depletion of resources led to the towns rather quick demise. Many buidings still remain and are being preserved.

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     Future Plans
    Sandon will be preserved. Remains throughout the Valley will continue to be taken back by nature.

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     Photo Galleries
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    Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
    posted by AngieinOk
    25 pictures
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    Historic photos of Sandon
    Tue, Jan 22nd, 2008
    posted by AngieinOk
    2 pictures
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    Other shots of our trip through the Kootenays
    Wed, Jan 23rd, 2008
    posted by AngieinOk
    14 pictures
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    Sandon - Sept 11th, 2017
    Mon, Sep 11th, 2017
    posted by EPOCH6
    19 pictures

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     Web Links
    Sandon Historical Society pages
    The only full town shot I could find of Sandon
    History of the Slocan Valley
    Japanese/Canadian internment camps. A very shameful part of the areas history. BC's beloved environmentalist David Suzuki was interned at Lemon Creek with his family.
    Map and descriptons of Sandon and surrounding towns. Black is ghost towns. Open the last link in my list in another page and you'll find pics from all of them.
    Shots of areas of Sandon I never got to
    A great gallery with shots of towns I never made it to such as Cody, Alamo, Zincton & Nashton

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 8/31/2019 8:16 PM.

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  • on Aug 31 19 at 20:16, Steed validated this location
  • on Aug 30 19 at 4:51, twinpowered changed the following: Latitude, Longitude
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  • on Sep 15 17 at 23:21, EPOCH6 deleted 1 pictures from gallery Sandon - Sept 11th, 2017
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  • on Sep 15 17 at 23:16, EPOCH6 updated gallery Sandon - Sept 11th, 2017
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