A bridge in central British Columbia reopens in 1941, and is captured in a black & white snapshot that nearly 70 years later opens up a flood of controversy on the Internet. To know more about this story, visit the exhibit Their Past Lives Here, produced by the Bralorne Museum and virtualmuseum.ca. Leave us your comments below, and tell us why this History Matters to you.
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How could the reopening of a bridge some 70 years ago…connect the future to the past?
It’s 1940. A raging flood washes out the South Fork Bridge near Bralorne, British Columbia.
This rusty, metal structure is a lifeline to one of the richest gold mines in Canada. The Bralorne mine draws thousands of dreamers to B.C. seeking their fortune. Soon, it will draw a dreamer from another time.
With much fanfare the bridge reopens in 1941…
…and is captured in a black & white snapshot that some 70 years later opens up a flood of controversy.
The photograph shows a crowd of men and women wearing clothes of the day—suits, trench coats, dresses…a sea of fedoras. Nothing odd about that. But upon closer inspection, one man stands out from the rest.
He sports funky sunglasses, a hip haircut, a t-shirt with a logo beneath a Hoodie and what appears to be a modern camera in his hands that makes one take a second look.
Known as the Time Traveller, this Internet sensation with more than one million hits has many wondering what brought him to Bralorne? Gold?
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