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A sign of North Delta heritage

Students from Gibson Elementary in North Delta check out a new sign about historic Kennedy Trail. - Submitted
Students from Gibson Elementary in North Delta check out a new sign about historic Kennedy Trail.
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Grace Yan’s Grade 5 class was recently treated to a taste of North Delta’s heritage when a brand new sign about the Kennedy Trail was unveiled at Gibson Elementary School.

Kennedy Trail was the first settler built trail in the Lower Mainland. It was built by James Kennedy in 1860-1861 and it stretched from the Annieville area in North Delta to Surrey’s Mud Bay area. It was used to transport cattle and for the area’s first telegraph line. The trail passed right through the location where Gibson Elementary School stands today.

To honour the rich history of the trail, over a decade ago the Corporation of Delta erected an educational sign outside of Gibson Elementary. The sign was worse for wear, so this week the municipality erected a brand new sign. To celebrate the new sign, Mayor Lois Jackson along with other municipals counselors and staff, and Delta School District trustees and staff, held a ceremony with Yan’s class. Local historian John MacDonald explained the history of the trail to the students and Jackson read over the heritage sign with the kids.

“My students very much enjoyed the event,” said Yan. “In fact, they would like to invite John Macdonald, the historian who spoke at the event and an author who has written a book on the Kennedy Trail, to come and speak more about it.”

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