The Little Blue House, as I've mentioned before, was built around 1898 during the Gold Rush. It was originally located in Discovery, which is now a ghost town. Discovery is 7 kilometres away from Atlin, and there isn't much left there. Discovery is not a protected historical site, and as such, its buildings and artifacts have dwindled away since the frantic years of the Gold Rush.
In a previous post, I talked a little bit about the history of the LBH:
We think that the house was moved to Atlin sometime after the last of 3 great fires destroyed much of the town. The photograph of the LBH, below, was likely taken after it was moved to its current location. I wonder who these occupants were? This was perhaps taken around 1920, and it looks like a young family sitting on the front steps of their new home.
I love the idea of recycling an entire house! It was abandoned in Discovery, at that time a ghost town already, so why not move it to a place where people needed homes?
Perhaps someday I shall find out who these original Atlin occupants were. Eva, the madam, came along a bit later, with her shady ladies and seamstress shop...
|The Little Blue House, After Relocation to Atlin|
Now our chapter is one more in the legacy of bringing new life into an old house. This is the best form of recycling ever.