Colonel James Baker (1830-1906)

Colonel James Baker (1830-1906)

Colonel James Baker (1830-1906) appears extensively in Chapter 1 of our Butchart Gardens History.

He came to British Columbia in 1884 and became involved in trying to develop the Elk River coal fields.

“In 1886, a year after moving to British Columbia’s Kootenay District, Col. James Baker bought 18,000 acres of fertile land at Joseph’s Prairie from another British settler, John Thompson Galbraith, and set up a farm he named “Cranbrook” after his family’s English home in Cranbrook, Kent.”

The present day town of Cranbrook, B.C. is named for Col. James Baker’s Cranbrook Farm.

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