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Moodyville: Legend and Legacy

North Vancouver Museum and Archives

The lost sawmill community of Moodyville is the first non-Native settlement on Burrard Inlet. Flanked by forests of towering Douglas fir, the deep-water inlet is a natural place for a lumber mill. In the 1860s, mill owners pioneer lumber sales to overseas markets and the mill becomes British Columbia's largest exporter after the province enters Confederation. Dynamic immigrant entrepreneur Sewell Prescott Moody and two partners buy the mill. The operation and community thrive under his leadership.


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