Category: Barns and Old Buildings

Not monopoly,a freebie!


File Photo KDG

The City of Merritt offers the old site of the historic city hall in the downtown as a poetic remedy to downtown parking. The City offices that once had the towns two policemen and cells as well as the library and some of the fire brigade was torn down decades ago. The lot was paved and meters placed. The lot was not used and later after free parking was allowed started to be used.
The downtown core was born in the horse age and was a progressive Edwardian town, however parking was always at a premium in the auto age and non conforming off street parking always a contention.
The plans for a new downtown theater has a parking concerns that may be addressed by reserve funds or opening times. There are only a few blocks in the old downtown core and there are no parking meters in Merritt. What they have done is made extensive walking trails and off lease dog parks available and in a progressive way placed EV chargers and an interesting downtown tourist info center.
The free parking lot is at the corner of Granite and Garcia. The City tourist center at Voght and Mamette adjacent city hall.

Its worth a walk in the clean air and sensible layout.


On this Day: June 22 1825

The British Government ends the feudal system in North America.




TGIF-Max at work

Max a Friesian Stallion
is handled by owner Dr. Paul Molnar

Max the object of attention for the Secret Door Group, (at Brambles Bakery) show this month. Pictured with Dr. Paul Molnar are a number  of the 12 artists that have made a renderings of Max for the May /June show in the Bakery. Max at 16 hands is said to be in the up coming movie The New Planet of the Apes ,coming in June.

The Bakery in the 2100 block of Merritt BC hosts art shows monthly organised by local artist Cassandra Dolan.

On this Day: May 12th 1948

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands cedes the throne.

Swedish Columnar Poplar

Nicola Avenue Beautification
Photo KDG

The new pavement on Nicola avenue in Merritt BC is getting beautification and it includes a type of poplar tree. Swedish Columnar Poplar is also known as Swedish Columnar Aspen. Transplanted at 10 feet it will go to 40 feet in an erect and towering disposition.

They are best grown in full sun.

On this Day: April 18th 1506

The corner- stone of the current St Peters Basilica is laid.


Yard sale, starts now,ends in the spring…

Where are you living... File

File Photo: KD G

The Baillie is having its annual spring yard sale in the historic property located at 2202 Voght in Merritt. The property is run by the local historical society and they show the 1913 Edwardian home after the sale items are removed May 1st to September 30th yearly.

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On this Day: February 2nd 1901
Queen Victoria’s funeral.

TGIF- Walks


New walk on Nicola Avenue from the bridge area of the highway 8 entrance to Merritt and the historic meat market store at the junction of 97c and 5A .

Under the walks new waterlines were laid and pressure tested to 200 psi on a time pressure loss scale. ” 185 psi at the end of the time was within aceptable limits, but it remained at 200 for the test” ( to the corner of Chapman and Nicola at least )

A new waterline under the sidewalk gave an economy to the repave as it saved digging up the exsisting lines under it. No word on the economy of future repairs.

A neighbour says that the meat market building was sold to Koreans as an investment in recent months.


On this Day : October 21st 1879

The first practical light bulb is developed.


Walking the straight and narrow... file photo kDG

Walking the straight and narrow…
file photo KDG

Chinook  salmon in the creeks, leaves turning, film society started. A particular pleasant context to shut out all bad conversations and enjoy the glory of the natural world.


On this day: September 20th 1946

After a 6 year delay for WW11 the Cannes film festival starts.



More pollards, no peace without security:

Across the street from the post office in Merritt is Spirit Square AKA Legacy Square a project of the very successful winter Olympics held in Vancouver . A peaceful and happy event enjoyed by all. Good will was the lot of many cultural backgrounds and fine memories created.

The local community policing office recently moved in from a block over. They renovated the old ware house once owned by the pioneer Armstrong family that operated a department store in the next block( now housing the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.)  The removable pollards are designed to keep traffic out when occupied by people enjoying the stage and plantings.

Accidents can happen in a moment of time and people who watch out for our security may not be understood when only a lack of freedom of movement is cutailed.


This pollard kept some one off he sidewalk in August.

This pollard part of an infrastructure program was struck by a vehicle
Photo KDG

A pollard at the post office was struck shortly after installation a number of years ago, Mary-Ann ( a local historical fan) pointed out the hazard. ” it kept people on the walk from injury” a source said. It was later removed and not replaced. Go figure….


On this Day: August 31 1997
Diana Princess of Wales dies in a car crash.

Post office squatter


Raven try’s out the old Flag pole perch at historic Post Office Photo KDG

A raven squats on the rump of the old flag pole at the historic Merritt post office. The building circa 1939.

No comment was available from the bird about the expiration of the strike deadline at Canada Post.

On this day in history August 29th 1791

The HMS Pandora sinks a day after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef.


Where would ranch's be without horses File photo KDG

Where would ranch’s be without horses
File photo KDG

110_3721 cow corn

Corn grown in the Nicola Valley Photo KDG

A little home on the range went to feedlots….

The Nicola Valley Ranch Rodeo, the other rodeo is being advertised for the 27th of August at the Rodeo grounds south of Merritt.  Merritt has had a labour day weekend rodeo for 58 years including the one coming up on the 3rd and 4th of September.

Merritt area has had many small rodeos  at ranch’s and reserves over time. there was once a suicide run on a very step hill at the Upper Nicola Bands Douglas Lake reserve. It was discontinued because  of injury and the possibility of cruelty to horses.

The rodeo bunch are civilized here now however an event can still become tragic if not properly managed. Merritt has produced clowns to manage bulls in riding events.

People like Bob Barker from the price is right have been instrumental in making change to attitudes that may effect stock and the way people perceive responsibility to them. Hollywood has also softened toward the use of livestock in movies. We invite the public to take an interest in the Nicola Valleys animals husbandry and attitudes that actions generate.

Local horses up for weather File Photo KDG

Local horses up for weather
File Photo KDG







The ranch rodeo is advertised as free admission and an 8:30 AM start on the 27th. The pro rodeo on the long weekend is a prize granting event; info is available at:

On this Day: August 11th 1968

The final steam powered train operates on British rail.


Old pool done but not forgotten…

Merritt BC incorporation File :Photo KDG

Merritt BC incorporation
File :Photo KDG

The city had a crew at Voght park this morning, they were running a jackhammer and breaking up some pieces of concrete that had been used as a makeshift barrier to a lane coming from the east. The concrete in two pieces about 4 meters long and something over a meter thick were very hard and full of rebar and were the remains of a public swimming pool that was enjoyed by many kids decades ago.
Curtis a neighbour said that the pieces left were wreaked 50 years ago and then the pieces were put into service as a barrier. There have been two public pools since then and both were heated that one was not. The hot summer sun of the 1960s here made the small pool look very inviting and the stimulation from the cold water put in it was pronounced.

The City would have had a population of about 3000 at that time and Fran Brownfield the teen aged guard would have know all the kids personally.
Voght park was named for the founder of Merritt, and in the early 20th century had all the amenities.

Thanks to the founders and those that added after for the joy of that open pool and Rest in Peace to the remains of that structure.

On this Day: July 20th 1903

The Ford Motor Company ships its first car.

Christmas in July…..

July brings an enjoyable garden space to many properties in Merritt File Photo KDG

July brings an enjoyable garden space to many properties in Merritt
File Photo KDG

The Summer students have been busy setting up a tent at the downtown tourist info center ( Nicola Valley Heritage Society). When asked what it was for they replied that they were having a Christmas in July event on the coming weekend.
Fred at the house says they will be offering Christmas decorations and anything associated with Christmas for sale in the yard and the 2202 Voght street building, as well as books. The historical society operates on revenue from the house as well as donations.
The Baillie property is a City of Merritt Property and invites people to enjoy the common garden and historical house under the shade of maple trees.
Happy Holidays.

On this Day: July 19th 1976
Sagamatha National park is created in Nepal.

Power Poles

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