Whistler has always been a working class town and has really struggled the last half century to survive. Despite the efforts of preservationists such as Johnnie Andrews to bring attention to the town and its history, the town is slowly losing its historic fabric. Jernigan's Hardware, a family owned business that had been a landmark of the community since the 1930's recently closed its doors. It is hoped that a new generation of preservationists will see the value in saving this community before it is too late.
This post is dedicated to my friend Shirley Sharik (May 25, 1934 - October 31, 2012) who passed away in her home on Rebel Road in Whistler. The home, part of which dated to the 1850's, had been in her family for more than a century. Shirley was a preservationist, bon vivant, and story teller that lived her life to the fullest. She is very missed.
Whistler Station, c. 1860
St. Bridget's Catholic Church, 1874
St. Bridget's Parsonage
Whistler Methodist Church
Whistler Masonic Hall
Haner House (Home of Shirley Sharik)
Shirley Sharik, photo c. 1960