The Mystery of the “STOLEN” Anyox Light Bulbs!

Why would the word “STOLEN” be stenciled onto a light bulb!

The Mysterious Anyox "STOLEN" Light bulb
The Mysterious Anyox “STOLEN” Light bulb

You are about to find out.  The 1911-1935 Copper Smelting town of Anyox which is about 145 km north of Prince Rupert is only accessible by boat.  This town was a company town owned by Granby Consolidated.  They provided all the houses, electricity, sewer, water, store, transportation but one they they did not provide was “Light Bulbs”!  The company provided light bulbs for the factories, equipment shops, store, offices and smelter but not for the houses.  They were going through an increased number of light bulbs and soon realized that some unscrupulous residents were taking company light bulbs for their own residential use.

The company quickly came up with a plan to stop this unauthorized use.

Their  plan was to contract their supplier who would stamp all the official light bulbs with the word “STOLEN” in large capital letters, as this would discourage use of them in the residences and rooming houses.”

This worked for some of the more honest residents or those who were not willing to take the shame of displaying the words “STOLEN” on their lights.

Others were not as worried, and proudly lit up their houses with the words stolen reflecting on the walls of the house.

There were even stories of some families asking their children to take a piece of emory cloth and rub the bulbs as it made for a “brighter” light  while the children unknowingly removed the stigma of the stenciled “STOLEN”.

Anyox is a ghost town full of interesting stories and remnants.  That is why we will be visiting this remarkable ghost town again June 2-3, 2018.  Contact us for more information on making the trip with us.

The Rarely Explored Lower Skeena River and Canneries

The lower Skeena River where it enters into the Pacific Ocean is one of the most historic areas in this region but one of the most seldom visited.  There are a few reasons for this.

  1. The tides in this area fluctuate greatly each day and can expose sand bars and make access to some of the sites difficult.  The timing of launching a boat and accessing the sites needs to be planned out to ensure the tides do not leave you stranded.
  2. The area has limited access points to launch a jet boat which is needed to navigate this area of the Skeena
  3. I don’t think people realize just how many interesting sites there are to see in this area

Here are some photos of past guests enjoying the unique sites and nature.

Join us for another tour of the remote and unique area May 15-18, 2018

Black Cat & Rainbow House!
Black Cat & Rainbow House!
Old School Trampoline
Old School Trampoline
Photographing an old Bone Yard
Photographing an old Bone Yard
Photographing old Canneries out of the boat
Photographing old Canneries out of the boat
Enjoying a well deserved lunch on a remote beach
Enjoying a well deserved lunch on a remote beach on an island
The man who fell from Heaven Petroglyph
The man who fell from Heaven Petroglyph
The old Hi-Lo boat lying in the grass
The old Hi-Lo boat lying in the grass
Another float by Cannery Photo-Op
Another float by Cannery Photo-Op
Exploring an old Sawmill site
Exploring an old Sawmill site
Osland Boardwalk
Osland Boardwalk