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New Book by Diane Sterne about Granite Creek and Coalmont

Diane Sterne is the proprietor of the Mozey-On-Inn motel in Coalmont, and a devoted historian of the area.  She and her husband Bob take pride in the work they have done uncovering the history of Granite Creek and Coalmont and encouraging tourism in the Tulameen River valley.   Culminating six years of research, and published to commemorate the Coalmont Centennial in 2011, Diane's new book "White Gold and Black Diamonds" is now available.  


"White Gold and Black Diamonds" - Published 2011

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In 1885 Gold Fever lured men to the previously unknown Granite Creek area.  Within one year a town of approximately 2,000 sprang from the forest floor.  Today, little remains of this bustling gold town.  Only 26 years later with the discovery of coal, the town of Coalmont sprouted nearby.  2011 will mark Coalmont's 100th birthday.  "White Gold and Black Diamonds" has been written in celebration of this auspicious event.  Honouring the sister towns of Granite Creek and Coalmont, this book preserves their little-known history.  "White Gold and Black Diamonds" recounts stories of oldtimers like Butch and his pet pig; Robert Stevenson, the prospector who buried his friend's wife four times; and Hattie McBride, the woman of "negotiable affection" whose unsolved murder has left her restless spirit wandering the area.  This book is 178 pages, and contains 155 photographs (many of which are previously unpublished) plus old business advertisements gleaned from publications of the day.

You may purchase this book through PayPal by clicking on the button below.  The price is $39.95 including postage within Canada or the USA.  For overseas orders, please email Diane Sterne for a quote or PayPal invoice. 

Books are also available for sale at the Mozey-On-Inn, Coalmont, for $24.95 plus GST ($1.25) for a total of $26.20 each.