• Erik.W. Tofsrud

Stewart, BC - once a boomtown


In 1906 gold seekers came to Stewart to discover the vast mineral wealth. By 1910 there was a full main street of stores, including four blocks, a population of 10,000 - 4 steamers a week, two very large wharves, 4 newspapers, many hotels and every kind of business.  Adjacent Hyder, Alaska was the site for supply to mines and Stewart, with port facilities, became the site for shipment for the mining industry.  Stewart was subject to flooding and flat land was sparse.  In order to accommodate the large influx of people seeking gold a village was constructed by Hyder.  However the only available flat land was on the tidal flats and thousands of piles were driven to build homes. This is what is left today.

In 1906 gold seekers came to Stewart to discover the vast mineral wealth. By 1910 there was a four block long main street of stores, a population of 10,000 - four steamers a week, two very large wharves, four newspapers, many hotels and every kind of business.

The adjacent city - Hyder, Alaska was the site for supply to the mines and Stewart, with it's port facilities, became the site for shipment for the mining industry.

Stewart was subject to flooding and flat land was sparse. In order to accommodate the large influx of people seeking gold a village was constructed by Hyder. However the only available flat land was on the tidal flats and thousands of piles were driven to build homes. The above picture shows what is left today.

Due to a downturn of the economy and the First World War, the population in Stewart dropped to only 17 people. In the late 1950’s a large body of copper was discovered and Granduc Mine was created and is still in operation. Stewart was again revitalized. Today there are about 500 are permanent residents.

The main industry in Stewart today is the export of timber, mining, fishing, log export and tourism.

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