Fort Steele

FORT STEELE Heritage Town is a reconstructed frontier settlement located at the junction of WILD HORSE CREEK and the KOOTENAY RIVER, 16 km northeast of CRANBROOK in the E KOOTENAY. The original settlement, Galbraith's Ferry, named after John and Robert Galbraith, sprang up during the GOLD RUSH to the area during 1863–66. A second rush 20 years later led to friction between the KTUNAXA (Kutenai) people and white miners and settlers. In 1887 a troop of North West Mounted Police arrived, led by...

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