New West history online

New Westminster is one of B.C.’s oldest cities. Despite the ravages of fire and flood, many of New West’s historical buildings still stand. Our history is one of the things that differentiates us from the newer municipalities that have since eclipsed New West in size and renown. 
Most of our residents know we were once British Columbia’s capital city (until dastardly Victoria, Jacob to our Esau, stole this birthright), but you may not know what it was like in the ‘olden days’ here. Our resident historian Archie Miller does his part, leading the New West Historical Society, writing columns for the local papers and offering historical walking tours of the city, but today I discovered some digital fodder for the imagination in the New Westminster Heritage Database
I love old photographs. Looking at the faces in black and white always gets me daydreaming about how it might have been back in those days. There are some spectacular shots in this collection online. If only it was more browsable and bloggable! Put it on Flickr!