Anniversary of a Disaster

Today marks the 70st anniversary of the Dawson Creek Disaster, the day when a large portion of the downtown of Spirit River’s neighbour city was destroyed in a dreadful explosion.

Read Town Spirit’s full article here.

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6 Responses to Anniversary of a Disaster

  1. CeeBee says:

    A bit of (almost) lost history. I wonder where the disaster site is in the modern city? Maybe the museum people would know.

  2. I’d be interested to know that too. The Co-op was mentioned as surviving, so it had to be somewhere close to the downtown area.
    An aside to this story – as I skimmed through Ms. Calverley’s article on it (from following Townspirit’s links) I noticed that she mentioned that at the time of the blast (1942) the population of Dawson Creek was 500. When my family moved there in 1953, the population was about 5000. Quite the population boom.

    • townspirit says:

      Wow, that’s interesting! No wonder the site of the explosion got swallowed up as the city grew. And only a small percentage of the residents would have known about the explosion first hand.

  3. townspirit says:

    There seems to be only one picture of the aftermath that has made it to the internet. You can see it here http://www.dawsoncreek.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/2001-095-037-Dawson-Creek-explosion-1943.jpg but it might not help you figure out where exactly it was taken. Curiously, it is difficult to find much information except in Ms. Calverley’s article. Do try the museum if you get a chance. If anyone has more information, surely it is the museum.

    Also note: there was a typo in the Calverley article. The explosion was in 1943, making this the 70th anniversary, not the 71st.

  4. According to the clues in that photo (in the link above) it had to be somewhere near a gas station. Couldn’t have been that many gas stations in a town of 500.

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