The Story of Osoyoos - Osoyoos, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 01.949 W 119° 28.090
11U E 319597 N 5434001
Near the fountain in City Hall Square along Highway 3 in Osoyoos are a pair of history plaques, one dealing with the history of city hall, and this one, a bronze plaque telling us of the history of the town itself.
Waymark Code: WMMKT3
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 10/04/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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The Story of Osoyoos

To begin with, the Indians camped at 'Soyoos' the meaning being 'narrows of the water' or 'a place where two lakes come together'.

In 1811 the first white men, in their search for furs, came through, were so attracted by the possibilities, that they established a fur trading post. Soon it was evident that this was the crossroads of the south Okanagan, And in 1860 the first customs house was established in Osoyoos to facilitate the growing traffic.

Cattle ranching, mining and lumbering followed. In 1907 the first commercial fruit orchard was planted, because it was evident that this was one of the warmest places in Canada. From that point on, the development of Osoyoos was accelerated.

The community nestles along the shores of Lake Osoyoos, twelve miles long, and at an elevation of only 912 feet above sea level. It is known as a pocket desert, an arid biotic region with unique flora and fauna. As a result, it produces the earliest fruits and vegetables in Canada... This area's primary industry.

The scenic beauty of the orchards, the sparkle of the blue waters of Lake Osoyoos, and a sunny climate ideal for outdoor recreation, have resulted in a thriving tourist tourist industry.

With its orchard setting, lakes and mountains the likeness to the country of Spain is apparent. This has sparked the community to adopt a 'Spanish' theme. Come with us and enjoy.
From the plaque
Group that erected the marker: City of Osoyoos

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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