Ainsworth Hot Springs

AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS, pop 50, is on the west side of KOOTENAY LK 20 km south of KASLO. It was the first townsite in the Kootenay Lk-SLOCAN LK area, established in 1883 by John C. Ainsworth, a wealthy Portland steamboat operator, and registered in the name of his son George. High-grade SILVER prospects were discovered at the site so that in 1888 the Ainsworth syndicate commissioned Gustavus WRIGHT to develop both the townsite and several of its own claims. By 1891 it was the leading shipping...

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