Once the capital of the Silvery Slocan, Sandon was the focus of world-wide attention. In the 1890s Sandon sprang into existence as Canada’s richest silver mining community with a population of approximately 5,000 with 85 brothels, 29 hotels, 28 saloons, banks, 3 breweries, 2 railways and dozens of stores and businesses. Miners, dreamers and schemers flocked to this remote valley between Kaslo & New Denver but when metal prices bottomed out so did the community’s luck and the city was nearly abandoned. The ghost town’s fascinating history is chronicled in the Sandon Historical Society’s Museum in the historic Slocan Mercantile block. Today, you can still see the original city hall, historic homes, the Silversmith Generating Station and Sandon Museum.
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