A Visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park - What You Will See
Brightbill Heritage House
This house was built in 1937 by Harry Brightbill. He was the very first conductor hired on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway or PGE in 1912. The PGE was the first railway to run north - south in BC, and originally operated from Squamish to Quesnel. He was a conductor for 40yrs. Mr. and Mrs. Brightbill raised three daughters in this house at the corner of 2nd Ave. and Winnepeg St. During this time there was no highway to come up to Squamish from Vancouver. You would have to take a steamboat.
There was no refrigerator in those days, they would use an icebox and a big block of ice would keep the food tolerably cold. There was a possibility that they had no electricity in those either so they would keep warm by using the wood stove. This family was very lucky as they had indoor plumbing. Back in the 1930’s a lot of people still had to go to outdoor toilets.
The house has been moved 2 times and was donated to the town of Squamish in the 1970’s after Mr. and Mrs. Brightbill had passed. It was then moved to the Stan Clark Park to be used as a museum. It was then left empty for 12 years. The District of Squamish then donated it to the WCRHP and was moved to this site in 1999.
Note the picture in the kitchen and you will see three girls looking out their bedroom window. That was the flood of 1948.
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