T. Lucas photos April 2016
Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village (KBPV) is located in downtown Pincher Creek. Many think the entrance building is the whole of the museum grounds but it is only the start. The village is contained on close to seven acres and hosts over 24,000 artifacts throughout 25 historical and museum buildings. One of the many highlights of the grounds are the several vegetable and flower gardens, fruit trees and other botanical delights. During the National Day of Mourning on April 28, it was a dreary damp day in Pincher Creek, yet still there was beauty and reflection to be found on the KBPV grounds.
The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society placed the Kootenai Brown cabin on the grounds in 1970, four years after the society's formation in 1966. This year is the society's 50th anniversary. The original administration and museum building is the north side of the Reg and Mildred Beere Hall was constructed in 1972 and has been added to over the years.
From the first few crocuses that push up on the grounds before the lawn is visible under the snow in the spring to sunflowers hanging heavy heads in the fall there are always some floral displays on the grounds. This has come about by the hard work of staff and volunteers and sponsors who toiled to make this a lovely area.
The Pincher Creek and District Historical Society plan a book release party on Tuesday, May 17, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Society. The book highlights the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village grounds and fantastic collection. The book is a keepsake of enduring historical value. Even if your primary interest is in the artifacts there is a value in the beauty only momentary glimpsed on the grounds as the vista change constantly as the backdrop of flowers and greenery unfold with the season.