Mount Sicker mine. (Photo submitted)

Mount Sicker once a booming townsite

Decline in copper prices made its decline imminent

On May 16, 1897, Harry Smith and Harry Buzzard staked the Lenora Claim, initiating Mount Sicker as a mining centre.

By May of 1907 , Mount Sicker had reached its peak, boasting two hotels, two general stores, a butcher shop, livery stable and more than 70 dwellings.

In August of 1907, the town site narrowly escaped being destroyed by fire. Along with the decline of the price of copper, the downfall of Mount Sicker was imminent.

Closure followed in early 1908.

More great historical photos and stories can be viewed at the Chemainus Valley Museum, 9799 Waterwheel Crescent.

The museum is now open Tuesday through Sunday in March from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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