HEDLEY, pop 292, nestles at the base of the steep face of Nickel Plate Mt in the SIMILKAMEEN R Valley 40 km east of PRINCETON. Mineral claims were staked at several locations on the mountain in the 1890s but the Nickel Plate mine became the most productive. The camp that serviced the mine was named Hedley Camp after Robert R. Hedley (1863–1940), the SMELTER manager at NELSON who had grubstaked one of the early prospectors. A townsite was laid out in 1900 and in 1902–03 the mine added a...

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