The History of Burton B.C.

The history of the area goes back thousands of years with the Kootenai, Shuswap and Kettle Bands camping where the three creeks flow into what we now know as the Columbia River and Arrow Lakes.

In the final years of the nineteenth century hundred of settles arrived to try their luck at placer gold mining on claims staked on those creeks. Less defined by luck, Arthur Burton chose to make his livelihood by providing housing, provisions and entertainment to the miners. He so named the tiny settlement on the banks of the river, Burton City.

When news of gold discoveries in the Klondike reached Burton City, many pulled up stakes and left. It was time for the town with it’s oversized name, to be reinvented.

In the early years of the twentieth century farmers and orchardist made up the next wave of settlement. Through hard work these pioneers cleared small farms, in the valley vegetables, potatoes and dairy cattle prospered. On the bench lands, near where Burton City Cidery now stands orchards of pears, cherries and especially, apples thrived.

In those days highways were non-existent and the fruit, produce, eggs and cream from Burton City and other whistle stops along the Columbia were shipped to markets on the Minto, Kootenay and Bennington sternwheelers.

Today Burton City is a part of the history of the area. The village and surrounding farms were flooded in 1967 when the Castlegar dam was completed. In periods of low water, you can still walk along the old gravel road that meanders next to the rive and make out the ruins of the original townsite.

Our thanksĀ to the Arrow Lakes Historical Society for providing us with the information about Burton City and the fabulous historic photos.


Burton City Cider