Standing alone in the rain and fog of the ghost mining town, I felt nervous as I took photos. Nervous because it was too quiet and eerie, I'd never been in a place like this before! Because it was raining and it was cold, we didn’t get to visit around that much and I lost most of the images I captured. I had a baby girl and a toddler at the time, we used our van as a camping mobile, it was awesome! We got to ride a few ferries and amazing views of the Kootenays in BC.
The only sound I could hear was the raindrops falling and the crows shrieking as they flew out of the woods and hovered above it. I couldn’t see them, the fog was too thick above the treeline!
Sandon is located in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, which is located on the eastern edge of the province along the Alberta border. (See map at the bottom of the page.) Once the unofficial capital of the mining region known as the "Silvery Slocan".
After the discovery of vast amounts of galena ore here by Eli Carpenter and Jack Seaton in 1891, prospectors flocked from around North America to stake their claims. Sandon was incorporated as a city on January 1, 1898, and for a few years had more than 5000 residents, brothels and a booming economy. It was also the site of a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II and the birthplace of hockey Hall of Famer Cecil "Tiny" Thompson.
A handful of people still live there, they run the Sandon Historical Society, and any souvenirs you buy or any amount you donate goes to restoring the train. It is worth a visit if you are ever in the Valley of the Ghosts.
To learn even more about Sandon and it's history, visit The Slocan Valley's website! I loved this place and I expect to go back as soon as we can.
-> Have you ever visited an abandoned location? If so, tell me all about it in the comments, I'd love to know! If not, tell me of an abandoned place you would love to visit!
Peace & Love,