Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village officially opens replica of A.E. Cox land agency building

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The Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village held a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 1 for a replica of the A.E. Cox land agency building, which is now open to the public.

Arthur Edgar Cox helped early immigrants to the Pincher Creek area apply for homesteads, said Farley Wuth, curator at the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village.

Cox’s land agency building was located along the north side of main street, and his work there came at a busy time in the community’s history, with the establishment from 1897-1898 of the first railway line in the area, travelling from Lethbridge into B.C.’s interior, said Wuth.

The building that serves as the replica of Cox’s land agency was donated, and was reconditioned this spring using archival photographs, said Wuth.

Cox was also the town’s first school teacher, from 1884-1891, and had a ranch west of Pincher Creek.


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