LARDEAU refers to the mountainous country northeast of upper ARROW LK in the W KOOTENAY, encompassing Trout Lk and the Lardeau, Duncan and Incomappleux rivers. It was the site of a SILVER mining boom in the 1890s, when several small MINING towns appeared: Thomson's Landing (later BEATON), TROUT LAKE CITY and FERGUSON. Camborne flourished briefly as a GOLD mining centre. At the height of the boom in 1902 there were about 100 silver mines, the Nettie-L being the most productive. LOGGING was also...

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