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BLAINE WASHINGTON
BLAINE WASHINGTON
OUR MOST North & West "BORDER CROSSING GATE"
Fort Langley: "The birthplace of British Columbia", was a trading post of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Due to its strategic location on the northern boundary of the Oregon Territory of the U.S. and in the
path of the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, Fort Langley grew dramatically.
It played a key role in the establishment of the 49th parallel as the international boundary with the U.S.
and was the staging point for prospectors heading up the Fraser Canyon in search of their fortune.


PEOPLE WHO
LIVE ALONG
OUR BORDER
Boundary Commission ships
HMS Satellite and USS Active in
Semiahmoo Bay to support land operations.
Semiahmoo People are in the canoes in the vicinity of the ships.
By the autumn of 1857 the Americans had established
a  base camp named Camp Semiahmoo at the mouth of
the Campbell River in Semiahmoo Bay, slightly more than
a mile north of the border.  The camp, staffed by 100 to 150 men, consisted of about a dozen rough wooden buildings, one of which served as a rudimentary hospital. The soldiers had no bunks in their quarters, but they did have a kitchen with a cooking stove,
  
HistoryLink                also in the same building as the hospital.
The most significant early white impact upon the Semiahmoo came from the International Boundary Survey Commission beginning in 1857. Local contractors had arrived earlier in 1858 and established a camp and improved the beach berm which became the basis of Beach Road to give access to the international boundary. The American Boundary Commission erected their camp, among the reminants of the earlier camp, on a little strip of open land near the mouth of the little Campbell River close to one of the Semiahmoo winter camps. The site was just north of the forty-ninth parallel, contained a fresh water supply, and the Campbell River channel provided water access over the tidal flats. While at this site the troops constructed about a mile and three-quarters of good road along the shore of Semiahmoo Bay between the boundary and Camp Semiahmoo.                 Surry History
While at Camp Semiahmoo the American Commission employed about 30 civilian axemen, the largest proportion
coming from the Semiahmoo Band.            In 1857 the Commission used Beach Road for access between the
boundary and their headquarters. This road ran through part of the Semiahmoo winter camp.


This                           created this report on BLAINE, Washington for his friend "PETE".
This photo was taken
the week after
 PETE attended the
2018 Blaine High School
Class Reunion.
After this reunion
he returned to
Playing GOLF
PETE HAD A GREAT CAREER
THE FAYETTE FAMILY CAME TO BE BORDERITS IN THE 1920'S
Pete walked 8 Blocks to School from his home!
                        See his path on this 1950's map.
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