Friday, August 8, 2014

Bridal Veil falls, AKA Defrauder falls

Bridal Veil falls is located where Defrauder Creek empties into Pitt Lake, for many generations, centuries, it was known as Bridal Veil falls; on July 3, 1963  the name of Defrauder Creek was officially applied, and was an established local name according to Geological Survey of Canada field staff. And then slowly  Bridal Veil falls, became Defrauder Falls.  Unknown where the name Defrauder came from, something to do with the logging or mining industry probably.  The name of Bridal Falls is listed a few times in the geographical place names, but not for the local feature on Pitt Lake.

Some old and new pictures of the falls and a discussion can be found  on the westcoastpaddler website

I came across an image of the Bridal Veil falls in this document:  Summer handbook and official programme of the second annual British Colunmbia Conference Coast Summer School, including the Conference Epworth League and Sunday School Convention, held at Columbian Methodist College, New Westminster, B.C., commencing 2 p.m. July 3rd, including 10 p.m. July 8th, 1906 [microform] (1906)

Though it is of a poor quality, it matches the image on the postcard, below where the photograph is attributed to:  New Westminster photographer W.T. Cooksley.  with a view of three people at Bridal Veil Falls, Pitt Lake  (circa 1905-1907)

As you see this image is vastly superior, and we can now date this photo as ca. 1905-1906.

1942 map

1988 map

photo by: Richard Teszka 2007
Abandoned on the west shore of Pitt Lake just north of Defrauder Creek.
This is a logging donkey relic from the logging of TB  290, it was built by the Washington Iron Works, Seattle, Washington  C/N 1502  and is a  2 drum [duplex] yarding setup. It was originally further up onshore, but a tugboat company in New Westminster attempted to recover the unit, and gave up after pulling it along the shore, and the log skids crumbled, and it was caught up in the rocks.

Washington Iron Works was a company in Seattle, Washington, founded by John M. Frink, (1855-1914) that built these steam skidders. The company was active from 1882 until the 1980s when its various divisions – manufacturing cranes, logging equipment, and presses – were gradually sold off. The Works closed in 1986.

Washington Iron Works engines revolutionized steam logging in the 1920s and 1930s.

Washington Iron Works built these machines in three sizes, 9x10¼, 10½x10¼ and
12x12. Demand for these yarders remained strong until about 1915 then fell off as more
sophisticated logging methods came into use. Washington built their last compound geared
yarder in July 1923 with only a handful sold in the previous five year.

The Pitt Lake unit is one of only six remaining, and should truly be in a museum.

A road leads up from where the donkey engine is and an old camp from the 1940-50's? is to be found above the falls, a small gypo sawmill is there, huge pile of waste, and collapsed buildings. There is also a crib dam in Defrauder Creek, filled with rubble, which was used to generate power at one time.

At one time there was also a cabin at the foot of the falls, and a relative of a friend of mine lived  some of his last days there, until health concerns brought him out to "civilization" and shortly after the cabin was vandalized and burned, which sadly seems to be a typical fate for many buildings along Pitt Lake.

This area today is all inside  Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, and continues to be popular with recreationists, as it has for many generations.

It has always been Bridal Veil Falls to me.

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Maps of the area

Maps that cover Burke-Pinecone Provincial Park, and surrounding areas. These maps are in 1: 50 000 scale, except for the geology maps.) These are all fast links to their Geoscan pages, from Natural Resources Canada, just click on “more”, which will open up a larger listing of options to the different map options, Geopdf are digitized pdf’s which allow you to customize the layers, and create your own maps. They all download in their own separate zip formatted folders, just open the folder and drag the map onto your desktop.
Vancouver North, Coquitlam, and Pitt Lake map Areas, British Columbia With Special Emphasis On the Evolution of the Plutonic Rocks; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 335, 1965, ; 276 pages.
( Three maps and three drawings are included in a zip file of the entire book.)

Port Coquitlam, BC , NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 7) 2009

Port Coquitlam, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 6) 2002

Geology Coquitlam, BC; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1153A , 1965

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 4) 2009

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 3) 2002

Geology Pitt Lake, Vancouver, East Half, BC; Roddick, J A; Armstrong, J E. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1151A , 1965

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 4) 2009

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 3) 2002

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 5) 2009

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 4) 2002

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 4) 2009

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 3) 2002

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 4) 2009

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 3) 2003

New Westminster, BC - Canada - United States of America, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 7) 2009

New Westminster, BC - United States, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 6) 2003

Pitt Lake legends videos

I personally do not believe in any of it, the Mitchell bomber site and the wreckage, should be left alone as a memorial to the crew who died there.

Mitchell Bomber Part 1 --- Part 2

Nazi gold Part 1 --- Part 2

Seekers of gold Part 1 --- Part 2

And a website devoted to putting to rest the myth of Slumach

One of a set of raw video about the curse of Slumach Item : MI-475 - Lost Mine - tape 18
original raw footage for "Curse of the Lost Gold Mine." Includes an interview with John F. H. Thompson, a geologist at UBC, who talks about the geology of Pitt Lake, shots of a map of Pitt Lake and Michael Collier plotting out a route on the map, also includes an interview with Mike Boileau, who has been looking into finding gold in the Pitt Lake area since 1979, he talks about the curse, the stories of Pitt Lake, and his own experiences at Pitt Lake.
This video is part of the Series S4 - Curse of the Lost Gold Mine series located at the Vancouver Archives.