The Klondyke to be named mu­nic­i­pal her­itage site

De­ci­sion made in or­der to pre­serve bridge

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS [email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

The Klondyke may soon be added to Bay Roberts’ list of her­itage sites.

Dur­ing Tues­day night’s reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, held on June 19th, Mayor Philip Wood gave up his po­si­tion on the mayor’s chair for a few mo­ments to speak on some top­ics he was par­tic­u­larly in­volved in. One was The Klondyke, and the fu­ture of the pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion.

Wood opened up con­ver­sa­tion of the topic by mak­ing a mo­tion that coun­cil des­ig­nate The Klondyke as a mu­nic­i­pal her­itage site.

“This is com­ing from the her­itage ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee,” Wood ex­plained of the mo­tion. “Es­sen­tially, by des­ig­nat­ing it a her­itage site, we are pro­tect­ing it, as it re­lates to the fu­ture.”

The Klondyke’s ad­di­tion to the town’s list of mu­nic­i­pal her­itage sites puts it along­side other note­wor­thy ar­eas in the com­mu­nity, such as the Western Union Ca­ble Build­ing, where all coun­cil meet­ings take place, as well as the Bay Roberts Rail­way Sta­tion. The Klondyke would be the fourth mu­nic­i­pal her­itage site des­ig­na­tion for Bay Roberts.

The Klondyke served as a means of con­nect­ing Bay Roberts and Co­ley’s Point, which were, at the time of its con­struc­tion, two sep­a­rate com­mu­ni­ties.

“Why? Well, The Klondyke has a cul­tural value as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the eco­nomic and so­cial con­di­tions of the area,” Wood said. “Firstly, it re­flects the his­tor­i­cal close ties, both eco­nomic and cul­tural, be­tween Bay Roberts and Co­ley’s Point. The Klondyke also re­flects the his­tor­i­cal de­pen­dence of the area on the fish­ery, with the fail­ure of the Labrador Fish­ery caus­ing such strife that this was a make-work project that we needed in or­der to re­lieve suf­fer­ing.”

Wood went on to speak briefly of the bridge’s his­tory, not­ing that at the time, work­ers were paid a dol­lar a day to build it, fur­ther stress­ing the his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance The Klondyke holds within the com­mu­nity. Be­fore its ex­is­tence, res­i­dents of Bay Roberts and Co­ley’s Point re­lied on a small ferry to travel back and forth be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties.

Wood went on to ex­plain that, if the de­ci­sion were to go through, a plaque would be placed some­where on the site, prop­erly nam­ing it a mu­nic­i­pal her­itage site. Along­side this, The Klondyke would be listed with the her­itage foun­da­tion, al­low­ing for the proper preser­va­tion of the his­tor­i­cal site.

“It’s not like a her­itage build­ing, where a build­ing would re­quire some main­te­nance changes and things like that,” said Deputy Mayor Wal­ter Yet­man. “With The Klondyke, it is what it is. There’s not much you can do with it, and this will help pre­serve that.”

Wood’s mo­tion was met with unan­i­mous agree­ment, and was car­ried.

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The Klondyke acts as con­nec­tion be­tween Bay Roberts and Co­ley’s Point, which were, at one point in time, two sep­a­rate com­mu­ni­ties.

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