Vernon historian has vintage footage from Kitimat from 1956-57

Kitimat in the 1950s

It was town that popped up due quickly to industry and a local historian has uncovered more footage of Kitimat in the 1950s.

Vernon-based historian and videographer Francois Arseneault has converted grainy colour footage from 19565-57 to a digital format.

Arseneault said the town “was all of six years old” when the footage was taken.

“Homes and shops were built, however there were still many construction projects in full swing,” said Arseneault, adding the footage covers areas around the town including the Alcan aluminum smelter, retail shops, neighbourhoods and more.

“The driving footage is particularly enjoyable. What is notable is the lack of trees in yards, the lack of grass and landscaping at many sites,” he said.

“A few locations you may recognize are the fire department, schools and what appears to be an administration building. There are a few faces to be seen and likely many memories of Kitimat in its early years.”

Arseneault is also hoping people can help identify local landmarks.

Arseneault is always looking for more information on the vintage footage he digs up, and he encourages people to add their input in the comments section on his Youtube page.

Arseneault has an extensive collection of vintage footage, and he is always looking for more.

He currently has more than 1,000 episodes from 54 countries dating back to 1917.

Anyone who may have old 16 mm or 8 mm film footage is invited to email Arseneault at [email protected]

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