GASTOWN was the informal name of the original settlement of VANCOUVER. It appeared in 1867 on the south shore of BURRARD INLET just west of Stamp's Mill (later HASTINGS MILL), when Gassy Jack DEIGHTON opened a saloon-hotel to cater to the millhands. The site was officially surveyed and christened GRANVILLE in 1870. As Vancouver expanded, Gastown became a commercial centre, then a warehouse district. By the late 1960s it had fallen on hard times; it was refurbished as a historic neighbourhood of...

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