Rossland map fetches $203

One of the most interesting local artifacts to be auctioned recently online was an early map of the Rossland mines, which fetched $203 US.

This map of Rossland sold recently on eBay for $203 US.

Second in a series on Kootenaiana sold on eBay

One of the most interesting local artifacts to be auctioned recently online was an early map of the Rossland mines, which fetched $203 US.

It was published by H.R. Knapp & Co. of Spokane and measured about 60 x 50 cm.

The title read: “Map of Rossland and its Mines — Compiled From Surveys and Latest Information By C. H. Ellacott, Provincial Land Surveyor, Corrected to March 1, 1897.”

The map depicts the townsite and hundreds of mining claims surrounding it.

In the upper right hand corner, printed in red is “The Walters Co. (Limited Liability) Mining Brokers, Agents for the Canadian Gold Fields Syndicate, Ltd., Rossland, British Columbia.”

The map, which originally sold for 25 cents, drew five bids, all over $100.

The seller was in Nebraska.


In addition to producing lead, zinc, and fertilizer, Cominco used to be in the milk business. The company established a dairy at Warfield in the 1930s, to provide milk to employees and other locals.

It was also intended to show that prize herds could be raised next to a smelter.

The dairy issued a couple of trade tokens, a brass one which is very common, and an aluminum one that isn’t. One of the latter popped up on eBay recently and sold for $119.50 US. The front says “CM&S TF Dairy” — which stood for Consolidated Mining and Smelting Tadanac Farm — and the back “Good for 1 Pint Milk.”

It drew eight bids. The seller was in Oro Valley, Arizona.


A nice postal cover mailed in 1914 to someone in England showing Nelson’s Madden Hotel sold for $44 Cdn.

The hotel was on the corner of Ward and Baker streets, where Scotiabank and Curves are now. Built in 1898, it was demolished in the late 1950s to make way for a new Woolworth’s building. But the grand old building fought back: it collapsed onto the street, in the opposite direction intended.

The cover is interesting for another reason: it bears a cancellation advertising Nelson’s giant Chahko Mika fair, held July 13 to 18, 1914.

Five people bid. The seller was in Victoria.

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