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First Nations faces in Procter

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

I bought the photo below about eight years ago. It shows a group on the lawn of the Outlet Hotel in Procter, long a popular spot for picnics and sternwheeler excursions.

But what makes it really interesting is the six First Nations people seated at the front — two men, three women, and a girl.

No photographer is listed and no date is given. I have a hard time guessing when it was taken; all I can say for sure is that it was after 1903, when the section of the hotel on the left was built. But it could be just about any time between then and the 1920s.

The earliest portion of the hotel was built as Thomas Procter’s home. He opened it to the public in 1896, in partnership with Charles W. Busk and C.W. West. Sometime in the 1940s it was renamed the Holiday Inn. It was torn down in 1966. See more photos of it here: and here:

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