Hammond in 1912

As mentioned in the Statement of Significance for our Heritage Revitalization Agreement (HRA) with the District of Maple Ridge (DMR), Hammond was incorporated as Port Hammond Junction in 1883.

By 1912 it looked like this:

Hammond Forever House sits at the corner of what were Stanton and Waugh Streets. (Of course, in 1912, it didn’t. We can’t even be sure the original two-roomed hut that is now the Little Yellow House existed.)

We’re always learning more, but I do know that John Hammond’s home is still standing (although the people who moved in recently, I’m told, were unaware of its history or even that it was listed on the Heritage Registry!)

The home of John’s younger brother, William Hammond, on Ealing Street and Westfield, is no more. These were the men who went to New Westminster to submit the plan for the town.

I don’t know if William’s house was ever registered as a heritage asset, but it seems its significance could not protect it from progress.

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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