Paulson Bridge

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If you happen to be 22 km northeast of Christina Lake on Highway 3 you’ll be crossing the Paulson Bridge.

The 258-meter long bridge has a 165-meter arch and is 84 meters above McRae Creek and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail.

The bridge was completed and dedicated in 1962 by the Minister of Highways, the Hon. P. A. Gaglardi.

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The January 18, 1902 issue of the Phoenix Pioneer

“The Canadian Pacific has issued a circular to the effect that the spur at the railroad end of St. Thomas wagon road … has been placed on the list of flag stations and will be known as Bonanza Siding.”

In June of the same year an application for an hotel license at Bonanza Siding was filed by brothers Thomas Henry, John William, and George Alfred Paulson.

The Bonanza Siding hotel doubled as a store and post office, the latter of which opened on May 1, 1902 with Thomas serving as postmaster. It was renamed Paulson on July 1, 1904.

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