CRESTON, town, pop 4,826 (2006), in the valley of the KOOTENAY R south of KOOTENAY LK, is the centre of an AGRICULTURAL and TREE FRUIT-growing area made possible by land reclamation along the river, first proposed by William BAILLIE-GROHMAN in the 1880s. Located on the Crowsnest Hwy (Hwy 3), it became a distribution centre for the Kootenay Flats following completion of the SOUTHERN RWY OF BC from CROWSNEST PASS to Kootenay Landing in 1898. The only grain elevators in southern BC are here, along...

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