Posted by: cherylyoung | April 18, 2012

This week let me introduce you to places and things to do in Vancouver

July 8 through july 15, we will introduce you to places and things to do in Vancouver

 

Gastown is a national historic site in Vancouver,

 situated at the northeast end of Downtown,

adjacent  to the Downtown Eastside.

 

 Gastown was Vancouver’s first downtown core and

 is  named after “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a Geordie

seaman, steamboat captain and barkeeper who

arrived in 1867to open the area’s first saloon.

 

In 1886, the town was incorporated as the City of

Vancouver.

It fell victim to the Great Vancouver Fire in the same

 year, which destroyed all but two of its buildings.

 

The area was completely rebuilt and continued to

 thrive.

 

Gastown found new life as the centre of the city’s

wholesale produce distribution until the Great

 Depression in the 1930s.

 

 After the Depression, Gastown was a largely

 forgotten neighbourhood of the larger city of

Vancouver, and fell into decline and disrepair until

the 1960s.

Vancouver’s citizens became concerned with

 preserving Gastown’s distinctive and historic

architecture.

 

Campaigning resulted in the provincial government

 declaring Gastown a provincial historical site

in 1971, protecting its heritage buildings forever,

 and the  Canadian government designated it a

national historic  site in 2009.

 

 Gastown’s most famous landmark is its s

team-powered clock, located on the corner of

Cambie and Water Street.

The clock was built to cover a steam grate that was

 part of Vancouver’s distributed steam-heating

system.

 

 The clock was built as a way to harness the steam

 and to prevent street people from sleeping on the

spot  in cold weather.

A plant adjacent to the Georgia Viaduct generates the

 low-pressure steam that powers a miniature steam

engine in the base of the clock, which drives a chain

 lift  that moves steel balls upward, where they are

 unloaded and roll to a descending chain.

The weight of the balls on the descending chain drives

 a conventional pendulum clock escapement, geared

to the hands on the four faces.

 

The steam also powers the clock’s sound production,

 which uses whistles to to signal the time and

produce the Westminster chime.

 

 Each 1/4 hour the clock sounds the chimes on

5 brass steam whistlers.

 

www.bcadayatatime.com BC A Day At A Time

If you have any thoughts about moving or visiting British

Columbia,This is the place to be, Tell everyone you know

about us.

CHERYL C YOUNG,REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C

www.cherylyoung.ca

 
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