Token for one cigar from B.C. ghost city sells for $610 greater than a century later

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A uncommon token for one free cigar at a long-defunct lodge in a B.C. ghost city has offered for greater than $600.


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Over the following 5 days there have been 16 bids. One bidder began at $155 and ended up making a closing provide of $600 earlier than being outbid for $610 on the final minute by somebody who had made no earlier bids.

A small token from the Hotel Rico in Sandon B.C. worth one cigar has sold at auction for $610.
A small token from the Resort Rico in Sandon B.C. value one cigar has offered at public sale for $610. Photograph by Submitted /jpg

Sandon is one in every of B.C.’s well-known ghost cities, situated midway between New Denver and Kaslo off Freeway 31A within the West Kootenay.

It was constructed to service a short-lived however profitable silver growth within the deep and excessive valley famend for its heavy annual snowfall. The neighborhood prospered from 1890 to 1900, then died off earlier than having one other growth throughout the First World Struggle.

The primary lodge was registered in Might 1893 and inside a couple of years Sandon had 24 motels, two dozen saloons, two rail strains and three breweries with round 5,000 everlasting residents. There was additionally a curling enviornment, hockey rink and even a ski hill.

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It was integrated as a metropolis in 1898.

Beautiful downtown Sandon B.C. in 1897.
Stunning downtown Sandon B.C. in 1897. Photograph by Handout /Vancouver Solar

In 1900, a fireplace destroyed many of the city’s core, although it was rebuilt with much less grandeur. In 1907 an avalanche destroyed extra buildings and in 1955 many of the remaining buildings have been destroyed by a flood.

Sandon was additionally the primary neighborhood in B.C. to function totally on hydro energy. It’s a summer time vacationer vacation spot now, notable for its assortment of classic B.C. Transit buses and its entry to the beautiful Idaho Peak lookout.

In accordance with West Kootenay historian Greg Nesteroff, there have been 4 motels in Sandon referred to as the Reco at one level or one other and this token was possible from the second or third incarnation, operated by John Morgan Harris.

Harris was the most important identify in enterprise in Sandon and stayed on till the bitter finish, when he died there in 1954.

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The neighborhood was additionally utilized by the federal authorities to intern Japanese Canadians throughout the Second World Struggle.

Harris would use the tokens at hand out to folks as a promotion.

Sandon was former B.C. politician and historian Invoice Barlee’s favorite outdated mining cities in B.C. and was featured in his Gold Trails and Ghost Cities sequence.

Rain falls on the remains of the mining town of Sandon, B.C., on Sunday, June 19, 2022.
Rain falls on the stays of the mining city of Sandon, B.C., on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Photograph by Mike Drew /Mike Drew/Postmedia

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