Town Hall - Osoyoos, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 01.956 W 119° 28.086
11U E 319602 N 5434014
In front of the Osoyoos City Hall and off to the east slightly is this sign relating the history of the town hall of Osoyoos. Part of the hall is actually an old schoolhouse imported from north of town.
Waymark Code: WMMCBK
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 08/30/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Town Hall

What had been built as the district government office in 1892 was converted into the first schoolhouse with ten students in 1917. As the population of Osoyoos expanded, a larger school was required; a one-room school was built in 1932 on Main Street. A second room was added in 1934, later a third and a fourth room. In 1943 the Testalinda School, located midway between Oliver and Osoyoos, was closed and the building was moved to Osoyoos to make a six-room school. In 1949 this assemblage of school rooms was purchased by the Village of Osoyoos for $1,000 and renovated to become the Village Hall.

The volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1947 and eventually relocated to the Village Hall site. Today, the Municipal Hall, Fire Department, and Planning Department form a precinct. The vertical windows of the Town Hall still identify it as part of the old Testalinda School. In the 1970s the Town embarked on a beautification program utilizing a Spanish colonial theme. This project included the Town Hall complex, with red tile roofs unifying the buildings.

Also part of the Town Hall site, the Cenotaph commemorating the War dead was erected in 1962, a nearby plaque tells the history of Osoyoos, and a kinetic sculpture pays homage to the Okanagan First Nation of the area. From the Sign on the Building
Group that erected the marker: Osoyoos & District Museum & Archives

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
8707 Main Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada
V0H 1V0

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