West Kootenay Power & Light Co

WEST KOOTENAY POWER & LIGHT CO (WKP) was incorporated in 1897 to provide HYDROELECTRIC power to the ROSSLAND mining camp. It was founded by a consortium of entrepreneurs led by Sir Charles Ross, a Scottish landowner and MINING investor (and later manufacturer of the infamous Ross rifle). CPR bought the company in 1905 and its subsidiary COMINCO took control in 1916. The company's first hydro dam was built at lower BONNINGTON FALLS on the KOOTENAY R, 13 km west of NELSON. The 51-km transmission...

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