COLUMBIA, a short-lived community on the north side of the KETTLE R just southwest of GRAND FORKS, was originally known as Upper Grand Forks. It was established in 1897 to compete with Grank Forks by siphoning off passenger and freight traffic from the US. At its peak, Columbia had 6 streets and 4 hotels and was also a station on the CPR's COLUMBIA & WESTERN RWY. It lost the contest with its neighbour, however, and had mostly disappeared by WWI.
by Andrew Scott

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