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Fort Nelson
On the Alaska Highway, British Columbia, Canada

The town of Fort Nelson is purely utilitarian, serving the region's oil and gas developments and Alaska Highway travelers.

I arrived in Fort Nelson after a long drive in heavy rain along the first (and least interesting) stretch of the Alaska Highway. Luckily I arrived early enough to drop by the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum - one of my favorite small museums. It is packed with a jumble of miscellaneous "old stuff" of every conceivable type, sort of a huge community attic. There is little interpretation but most of the items are self-explanatory (though I would like to know more about that swimsuit). In addition to the main building, there is an excellent collection of antique cars and trucks (the work of Mr. Marl Brown), a trapper's cabin, the residence of a Hudson Bay Company factor, and lots of heavy equipment outside.


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Alaska Highway North of Fort Nelson

Alaska Highway North of Fort Nelson

A typical stretch of the Alaska Highway north of Fort Nelson

north of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 21, 2010
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Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, absolutely crammed with interesting old stuff

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Antique Cars and Trucks at the Fort Nelson Museum

Antique Cars and Trucks at the Fort Nelson Museum

A display of antique cars and trucks (assembled by Marl Brown) at the Fort Nelson Museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Albino Moose in Fort Nelson

Albino Moose in Fort Nelson

An albino moose is the largest of the stuffed animals in the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Stuffed Animals in the Fort Nelson Museum

Stuffed Animals in the Fort Nelson Museum

More stuffed animals in the Fort Nelson museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Moosehide Bikini?

Moosehide Bikini?

What appears to be a moosehide swimsuit, next to a general store in the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Trapper's Cabin in Fort Nelson

Trapper's Cabin in Fort Nelson

Inside a trapper's cabin at the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Hudson Bay House in Fort Nelson

Hudson Bay House in Fort Nelson

Inside the Hudson Bay factor's house at the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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Outside Exhibits at the Fort Nelson Museum

Outside Exhibits at the Fort Nelson Museum

Outside exhibits featuring Alaska Highway and oil drilling equipment, at the Fort Nelson Museum

Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Date photographed: August 20, 2010
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