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Glen A. Mofford Reading List

Created by glenalan54
tagged: History
A few of the books that I am currently enjoying.

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Along the E&N

A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island

by Glen A. Mofford
edition: Paperback
tagged: social history

An exploration of the fascinating history of more than thirty historic hotels—with some still in operation—nestled along Vancouver Island’s E&N Railway, spanning from Esquimalt to Campbell River.

In 1886, Vancouver Island’s E&N rail service was established to carry coal to smelters and ships, and the towns in the railway’s path prospered a …

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Murder by Milkshake

An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer

by Eve Lazarus
edition: Paperback
tagged: post-confederation (1867-)

When forty-year-old Esther Castellani died a slow and agonizing death in Vancouver in 1965, the official cause was at first undetermined. The day after Esther's funeral, her husband, Rene, packed up his girlfriend, Lolly; his daughter, Jeannine; and Lolly's son, Don, in the company car and took off for Disneyland. If not for the doggedness of the d …

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Claiming the Land

British Columbia and the Making of a New El Dorado

by Daniel Marshall
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: north america, pre-confederation (to 1867), native american

This trailblazing history of early British Columbia focuses on a single year, 1858, the year of the Fraser River gold rush — the third great massmigration of gold seekers after the Californian and Australian rushes in search of a new El Dorado. Marshall’s history becomes an adventure, prospecting the rich pay streaks of British Columbia’s “ …

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The Haunting of Vancouver Island

Supernatural Encounters with the Other Side

by Shanon Sinn
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: supernatural

A compelling investigation into supernatural events and local lore on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island is known worldwide for its arresting natural beauty, but those who live here know that it is also imbued with a palpable supernatural energy. Researcher Shanon Sinn found his curiosity piqued by stories of mysterious sightings on the island—gho …

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Aqua Vitae

A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917

by Glen A. Mofford
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: social history

A rowdy, rollicking popular history that celebrates the tales of Victoria’s drinking establishments in their heyday.

 

From the raunchy saloons that lined Victoria’s notorious Johnson street to the lavish high-class hotel-bars like the Driard and the Empress, Aqua Vitae is a collection of fascinating true stories from the days of swinging doors, …

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Live at the Commodore

The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom

by Aaron Chapman
edition: Paperback
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), history & criticism

WINNER, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes); Community History Award (BC Historical Federation)

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Commodore Ballroom is one of the best-loved music venues in Canada, if not the world; it's played host to a who's-who of music greats: The Police, The Clash, Blondie, Talking Heads, Nirvan …