A number of dignitaries were on hand for the event including City Councillors Larry Evans, and Bruce Christensen, Mayor Lori Ackerman, and local MP Bob Zimmer.
Zimmer says the buildings are becoming less and less common, and it’s important for everyone to recognize their significance.
“A lot of these buildings, we see them on the prairies, and they are fading away, and here is a place that you can actually see two buildings in their original condition. They’re preserved nicely, and done well,” he says. “We don’t appreciate necessarily what it took to build up Fort St. John and the North Peace. We see that it was a lot of work to get where we are today, and I think for young kids to experience what it was like 100 years ago, and to actually see the buildings it gives us more of an appreciation for what we have today.”
The B.C. Police Barracks were located on the south side of the Peace River across from the 100th Street lookout. They were in service from 1910 until 1921, and inside was a jail, along with living quarters for police. There was a telegraph line, and people also use the facility for registering mining permits, along with traplines, and homesteads.
The Paddy Carroll Peck Cabin was built in the 1940s by Paddy Carroll, just outside of Fort St. John, en route to Charlie Lake. The building was eventually purchased by Don and Alene Peck, and in the 70s it was used as a store for selling First Nations handicrafts. It was in operation until 1997.