Today’s photoblog post is going to focus on two artifacts that are on display at the BC Forestry Discovery Centre. This post is a continuation of our running series, “The Toad’s Tonka Toys“.
As things stand, the area on Vancouver Island that we live in and its immediate surroundings were all founded by local industry. The two largest industries were logging and mining. Both of these industries are running at much-reduced capacity these days with the news of many mills and mines being shut for financial reasons. The BC Forestry Discovery Centre and all the folks involved in it have put a lot of time and money into finding, preserving and displaying a large collection of artifacts. And as time marches forward, these artifacts become more and more interesting.
The train ride at the Discovery Centre was a highlight of the day. There are several kilometers of track laid and the train runs a regular schedule taking folks around the facility to see everything, with a stop in the centre grounds area which contains a playground, picnic area and a series of artifacts to take in and enjoy. This water-tower was one of those artifacts that immediately caught my eye as we were adventuring. The weathered crimson tones of the tank contrasted with the shingled peak roof stood out as a typical west-coast structure. You just don’t see many of these around anymore these days, and we thought it was a wonderful find to share with everyone.
Our next find was something pretty special, as well. A string of mining cars sits on a patch of tracks on display at the Discovery Centre. The rust on the metal and the weathering on the wood really produced a striking scene, one well worthy of capture.
This is definitely one of my personal favorite photos from the adventure this day. There is just something I can’t quite put my finger on about this picture that I find absolutely striking. Again, the weathering in the wood and the rust so evident on the metal pieces add a ton of character, but I also find something slightly romantic can be enjoyed from the scene overall.
It’s been years since these cars have been actively used. If not for this museum, I am rather sure that they would have been left forgotten where they last sat, never to be seen again. It’s times like this that I am personally very appreciative of all the time and money that people put into preserving memories like these for everyone to enjoy. Many of the folks who participate are volunteers and are doing it solely to make sure that future generations get a chance to see these artifacts from years now past. This would all be lost without these good folks.
I think the big point in today’s post is to stop and appreciate each historic artifact that we come across. Someone, somewhere had the vision and resources to preserve this item, and they did so for a reason. When I reflect like this, I take on a whole new appreciation for these people.
In short, let’s all get out there and hug a museum.
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