Kemano & Kitimat,
British Columbia, Canada
 ca 1953-1957
 Thomas Raymond "Bud" Walker
 Pictures / Memorabilia

 Kitimat Townsite

Site Index

Kemano Beach
Kemano Tunnel
M-K Tramway
Kemano Powerhouse
Kemano Townsite, Camp 5
Wachwas Camp

Company Phone Book 1954
Workers in Memoriam

Alcan Smeltersite
Labour Management Committee
Kitimat Townsite

Nechako Reservoir
Ootsa Lake Lodge

Ray Edwin "Rep" Powell

McNeely "Mac" Dubose Jr.

G.G. Massey's Visit 1954
T.R. "Bud" Walker
Morrison-Knudsen Co.
Crawley & McCracken Co. Ltd.
Horetzky (Peak, Creek, St,)

Jeff Watts Photos
Jeff Watts Bio
Kemano Boy Scout Troop
Various Photos, ca 1954-56

Jim Hanna Photos
Various Photos ca 1954-56

The Kitimat Ingot-
ca Nov-Dec, 1954
Ingot -Vol. 1, Issue 2,3, & 5

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Kitimat BC lies at the end of Kitimat Arm,
the Northern extension of the Douglas Channel,
about 70 km south of Terrace
about 400 miles north of Vancouver

Kitimat from the air, ca Aug 1990
photo courtesy Ron Anderson, Terrace

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Townsite planned by Albert Mayer, and Julian Whittlesey
Consultants from New York, hired by Alcan,
with the help of other experts and consultants.

Norman W. Hullah,
President of Hullah Construction Company Ltd.
They were the company that barged in
prebuilt houses and assembled them in Kitimat.
In 1948 Norman Hullah was 29 years old,
b- ca 1919, a Vancouver contractor.
He built prefab houses in an aircraft hangar
 at 235 Pemberton Ave. Capilano.
He lived as an Executive, in West Vancouver in 1957.
Expanded to Calgary and Edmonton, became a huge developer.
alt name- Hullah Corporation

Johnson-Crooks Construction Corporation (BC) Ltd.
built houses at the townsite.
They were an American based Company.
They introduced Prefab trusses for roofs
They operated many sawmills in I think? Washington state.

Kitimat was expected to reach a population of 50,000.

1954- 4 room school, grades 1 to 11

Lots of green space, parks, and walkways
 were built into this City of the Future.
Each subdivision had it's own shopping area, schools etc.
Industrial area was kept separate.
Recreation Center, Sports Fields, were all part of the planning.
A huge hospital was built, and half of it I don't think ever opened.
Anew hospital was built and the old one was blown up.
I see movies of this on you tube now.

Population 1951= 500

CNR railroad to Terrace in 1955

By Oct 1956 there was 3 schools,
67 teachers, 1200 pupils,
and 13,000 people.
Rod and gun club, Curling club,
Hudson Bay Store nearly completed,
and first steps taken towards a golf course.
It was administered by a Reeve, and 6 Councillors.
There still was no road to Terrace.
Vehicles were brought in on boat or train.

Kitimat was incorporated in 1953
First election Apr 30, 1953

1957 C.D. Sutherland, Accountant, employee of Alcan,
 was President of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce.

Kitimat Post Office History
Opened May 8, 1952

Postmaster Information:
Name of Postmaster Date of
Date of
Cause of
Fredrick "Fred" Gordon Emmerson
 (Postmaster in 1963)
Feb 1, 1955 - -
Edward Gordon Cronk 1952-05-08 - Formerly Postmaster
 at Bamfield, B.C.
This reproduction is NOT represented as an official version of the materials reproduced,
 nor as having been made, in affiliation with,
 or with the endorsement of the National Archives of Canada.
The source of this material is the National Archives of Canada

Fredrick "Fred" Gordon Emmerson
 served with the Air Force Overseas.
spouse- Dorothy Muriel Willson,
 b- 1924, d- June 16, 2006 in Sidney BC
daughter of Arthur and Bessie Willson

There was a Post Office at the Kitimaat Mission
opened Mar 1, 1900, by G. H. Raley
closing Apr 25, 1943

Start of the building for the Townsite

More early Kitimat Construction

New Shopping Center

1956 party, Ed Dede
 on extreme left,
with his wife next to him

Unknown man beside a Grader
Snow removal 1955-56

Moving snow using an
 Osgood Shovel
Snow removal 1955-56

1956 party, cutting the giant cake
Grant doesn't remember the occasion,
other than it was a "big deal"

1956 party, Bud Walker
 and his wife Bertie, in foreground

2 unknown men

Recreation Hall in Kitimat
Grant tells me they used to chase bears
 up into the trees, at the Kitimat dump
out of this truck.
Al Brown's boys in front of box
Ayce Walker, Grant's brother in rear.

Herb Skuce and his wife
first guy hired by alcan here in 1950

First House being finished

July 28, 1954
Road from Smelter to Townsite

Aerial view of Eurocan Pulp Mill,
 ca: Aug 1990
photo courtesy Ron Anderson, Terrace BC
This mill has since closed down.

Oct 1956 party at the Walker home in Kitimat
Names below as remembered by Grant Walker.
Back row L/R- unknown man, Nomi Dede,
unknown, unknown, Ed Dede, Mrs. Bigger.
Middle row L/R -4th. person Mrs. Auger. Neighbour,
Her husband was a French Canadian, worked for Alcan.
Front row L/R - Bud Bigger?, Bud Walker, unknown, unknown. 

Finally got around to scanning 3 issues of the Kitimat Ingot, ca: 1954,
sent to me from a lady named
Anne, from Toronto ON.

Please Click Link Below

Now that I figured out how to add videos to YouTube
I finally got some great old 8mm movies
taken by Bud Walker ca1956-57,
submitted by his son Grant Walker, added.
Not the best quality, but better than nothing.

Here is the longer versions of the videos below,
plus extra footage I cut off previously.
Longer Movie #1

Longer Movie #2

All these are movies of Shopping Centers,
Churches, and Housing areas, in early Kitimat.
The ones below I shortened up, for my own web site.

My Descriptions/Captions, might be wrong,
please send corrections if I am.

Movie 1
what is now City Center mall?

Movie 2
Movie 1 continued

Movie 3
Strip Mall?  City Center?

Movie 4,
Hwy 37, Lahakas Blvd corner,
looking East, up to Kingfisher, I think?

Movie 5
looking west, at corner of Lahakas Blvd, from Hwy 37?

Kitimat First United Church Kitimat  BC, 1
Kitimat First United Church Kitimat  BC, 2
Cornerstone laid on November 25, 1956,
May 16, 1957 First United Church was dedicated.

Kitimat Christ Church, Anglican Church
Diocese of Caledonia
Anglican Church of Canada
 located at 1739 Gryfalcon St.
Corner of Kingfisher Ave. and Gryfalcon St.

Please note- Web Editor has never worked or lived in Kitimat.
I have never worked for Alcan.
This page was built to honour Bud Walker's photos.



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