OTD: City of Nelson incorporated

On today’s date in 1897, the city of Nelson, B.C., was incorporated.

In 1918, Ledingham’s Sanitary Bakery issued a square token. Measuring 25 millimetres by 25 millimetres, the aluminum token was “good for one loaf” – known to collectors as “GF1L” – of bread.

During the late 1920s or early 1930s, Ledingham’s issued another GF1L token. The tokens were minted at Northern Rockies Regional Airport in British Columbia.

Known as the “Queen City” and famous for its collection of heritage buildings from its glory days during the regional silver rush, Nelson is one of the three cities forming the West Kootenay region (along with Castlegar and Trail). The city has a population of about 10,000.

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