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Small City in a Big Valley: The Story of Duncan

Henry, Tom

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ISBN 10: 1550172123 / ISBN 13: 9781550172126
Published by Harbour, 1999
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Title: Small City in a Big Valley: The Story of ...

Publisher: Harbour

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 0th Edition.

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When William Duncan first came to the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island in 1864, he gazed over the countryside and saw fields and paddocks, fences and cows and snorting pigs, and a log cabin with smoke rising from its chimney. It was the kind of vision on which to build a town. Small City in a Big Valley traces the realization of that vision.

Duncan has been known over the years as the Milk Bottle of Victoria, the Egg Basket of Canada, the Sweet Pea Capital of Canada and the City of Totems, and has undergone many transformations. It started as a Coast Salish village, then became a British settlement - founded by upper class emigres who came not so much to build a new culture as to re-create an old one-and before World War II it was the home of a vibrant Japanese community. Today Duncan is a small town striving to redefine itself in a changing modern world.

The history is brought to life by Henry's playful and affectionate profiles of the town's seemingly limitless cast of eccentrics, including Titus, the worst road builder ever to grade a clearing; Sir Edward Clive Oldnell Long Phillips--Wooley, a lawyer, diplomat and big-game hunter who lined the walls of his Duncan estate with the heads of jaguar, tiger and wildebeest; and Mayor James Wragg, who orchestrated a highway blockade to protest being snubbed by the newly wed Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Henry, who was born and raised in Duncan, recounts the area's history with the rigour of a historian, and with the warmth and enthusiasm of a hometown boy. The result is an informative, intriguing, endlessly entertaining history.

About the Author:

Tom Henry was born in Duncan, BC in 1961. He earned his BA in history from the University of Victoria, and has worked on tugboats, in logging camps and owned his own firewood business. A former staff writer for Monday Magazine, Henry has authored several books including Westcoasters: Boats that Built BC (winner of the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award), The Good Company: An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships (winner of the BC Historical Federation's Lieutenant Governor's Award), Dogless in Metchosin, The Ideal Dog and Other Delusions, Paul Bunyan on the West Coast and Small City in a Big Valley: The Story of Duncan. Henry's audiotape of readings from Dogless in Metchosin is popular with listeners who know him from his CBC Radio "Country Life" column. He lives in Victoria, BC.

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