La Porte, British Columbia

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La Porte was a boomtown in British Columbia, Canada, during the Big Bend Gold Rush. The site at the foot of the Dalles des Morts, or Death Rapids, was chosen as the location of a ferry and town on April 23, 1866, during the first voyage of the steamboat Forty-Nine up the Columbia River.[1] The name reflected its role as the gateway to the mines.[2]

By 1871, engineer Walter Moberly returned from a survey trip to report that a single resident remained at La Porte.[3] And by 1885 all of the houses were in ruins.[4]


  1. ^ Bilsland, William W. (April 1955), A History of Revelstoke and the Big Bend, University of British Columbia, p. 38, retrieved 2019-09-30 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "First Trip of the Steamer Forty-Nine", The Daily British Colonist, Victoria, 15 (137), p. 3, May 23, 1866, retrieved 2019-09-29 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bilsland 1955, p. 19.
  4. ^ Bilsland 1955, p. 30.