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10000-9000BC First people arrive in area.
1400’s European settlement of North America begins.

Horse comes to Okanagan.

1813 Alexander Ross, earliest know European explored the Similkameen for the Northwest Fur Co.
1846 Agreement of the on the 49th parallel as the western boundary between Canada and the U.S.A.
1860-72 Hudson Bay Co. present in Similkameen. In 1865 the post moved from Cawston to Keremeos.
1861 Dewdney Trail was completed.
1865 Richter and Barcelo settled in area.
1877 Grist Mill constructed by Barrigton Price.
1880 Richter planted first fruit trees in Similkameen Valley.
1883 Small Pox epidemic kills one out of every three Aboriginal people.
1886 Indian Reserves were formed.
1887 First Post Office operated at the Tom Daly Ranch.
1892 First school built on Dan McCurdy’s property (log cabin).
1894 Flood and the last potlatch in the area.
1899 Typhoid epidemic.
1902 Mr. Welby started stage line from Penticton to Hedley.
1907 First train (Great Northern) arrived in Keremeos.
1908 School built on Bench, where the present Elementary school is located.
1914-18 WW I.
1916 Cawston is officially named after R.L. Cawston.
1919 Famous cattle rustling trail – Jenson Brothers.
1920 First telephone office in Keremeos.
1931 Present road to Penticton completed.
1938 Cawston School moved to present site.
1939-45 WW II.


Hope-Princeton Highway completed.

1949 BC Aboriginal people receive the right to vote in Provincial elections.
1950 Bench land opened up as a Soldiers Settlement (V.L.A.).
1951 Keremeos High School was completed.
1952 Packing house burned down.
1956 Keremeos became incorporated.
1958 Osoyoos Primary School opened.
1960 Aboriginal people given the right to vote in Federal elections.
1965 Richter Pass was opened.
1972 Flood.
1973 Opening of the Keremeos Museum.
1975 Diagnostic Centre built.
1992 Cawston Primary School renovated.

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