Senior photographs and reflects on decaying family sawmill in Kamloops backcountry

By Shannon Ainslie
InfoTel News Ltd
June 8, 2024
Category: Forest History & Archives
Region: Canada, Canada West

This spring avid outdoor enthusiast Darrel Frolek hiked for an hour through the bush near Trapp Lake to photograph the decaying remains of a sawmill site he lived at seven decades ago. The dilapidated houses and a one-room school house falling into rubble brought back memories for Frolek, 78, of a difficult and much different time long ago. …Frolek went to live at the camp when his mother contracted polio in June of 1953. …His uncle built the lumber camp in the 1940s to house the workers that worked at his sawmill. …The sawmill camp was the last camp Frolek’s uncle built and it was shut down in the 1960s. Frolek captured images of what is left of the family homes and the school house. He isn’t disclosing the exact location of the site.

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