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Mining the Motherlode


Newly graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Ed Richardson was a young civil engineer hired by the Wells Townsite Company, along with Ted Baynes, to lay out the town of Wells. This was his first engineering job. Fred Wells was well known to hate engineers, and it has been told that when Ed road up to Wells on a train with Fred and revealed he was an engineer, Fred never spoke to him again for the rest of the train ride. Ed had an orderly mind, and he planned the town of Wells in an orderly, efficient fashion. His home was one of the first buildings to go up in Wells, a place to live for him and his new bride, Mae. By the end of 1934, forty buildings were completed in this fast-growing town. Richardson later went on to plan West Vancouver, Park Royal, and the British Properties.

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Last updated: June 8, 2000