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Langley Story Illustrated

An Early History of The Municipality of Langley by Donald E. Waite

Presented here by special permission from the author
A couple of the Murray boys and . . . ?
Of special Interest to our visitors:
  • Hold the cursor over any picture to see who contributed it (though I don't know who contributed the images on either side of this note).
  • Click on any picture to see a larger image; click that larger image to return.
  • Page numbers from the paperback edition of The Langley Story have been placed throughout the pages that follow in parenthesis and regular text.
10 unknown men


To Alice, Sam, and Bill

Seal of the township of Langley, British Columbia, Canada.


Copyright Donald E. Waite / Lisa M. Peppan

No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without permission from the publisher.  Exception is given to reviewers who may quote brief passages from the printed or electronic media.

Design and Photography by the author except where otherwise credited.
Printed by D.W. Friesen and Sons Limited, Altona, Manitoba
Typesetting by Mainland Graphics Limited, Langley, B.C.
Maps by A.G. Horgarth Designs, Maple Ridge, B.C.

Standard Book No. 0-919213-61-8

First Printing November, 1977

Other books by Donald E. Waite:

  • 1974 The Fraser Canyon Illustrated
  • 1975 The Golden Ears Illustrated
This special html version is brought to you for the express purpose of correcting inaccuracies and filling holes present in the November 1977 edition.  If you can provide information, drop us a line or contact Donald Waite.



Introduction and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1:  Fur company exploration || First Fort Langley || The Hudson's Bay Company Farm or the Great Langley Prairie || A Yuculta attack || The Oregon Boundary Treaty of 1846

Chapter 2:  Fraser River gold rush || Birth of British Columbia || First Pre-emption Act || Mainland's first church || The Collins Overland Telegraph

Chapter 3:  Birth of Langley Municipality || Municipal troubles

Chapter 4:  The Great Railway

Chapter 5:  The gay nineties || Great flood of '94

Chapter 6:  Modern transportation || The Great Northern Railway || The B.C.E. Railway || The Canadian Northern Railway || The War Years

Chronology || List of men in charge of Fort Langley || Reeves of Langley Municipality || Notes || Bibliography || Address to historians || Maps showing Langley property owners || Family trees || Index

Photograph credits

Created July 2000
-A Shadowcat's Toy Box presentation-