Guns and ghosts: Rambling through the ruins of early 20th century gun batteries in California’s Marin County

I’m standing atop an abandoned gun battery in California’s Marin Headlands, gazing southeast toward San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, imagining a time when eager young soldiers stood where I stand, scanning the swells outside San Francisco Harbour for hostile ships on the horizon. The concrete mass beneath my feet is Battery Rathbone-McIndoe. Once armed with…

Connaught Hill Park – Did you know?

Ever wonder how Connaught Hill got its name, why it rises higher than the surrounding Prince George bowl, what structures have — or could have — graced its top, and how it figures in First Nations’ legend? Read on for 10 fascinating facts about our city’s highest downtown park. 1. Royal namesake Connaught Hill is…

March 6, 2015 – Happy 100th birthday Prince George!

One-hundred years ago today, the city of Prince George became an incorporated municipality — an event that capped years of political bickering, delays and general confusion caused by the region’s vehement and outspoken competing interests. (See This Week in History (1915): Prince George incorporated as a municipality, March 6, 2014.) As Reverend F. E. Runnalls…

The rooftop Tree of Lights – Fast facts

Did you know that the giant Christmas tree on top of the Coast Inn of the North is over five stories tall and takes a full week to raise to vertical? The Salvation Army Tree of Lights has illuminated Prince George’s holiday skyline since 1987. Every year, residents donate funds to light bulbs on the massive…