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Rossland

Rossland is a city in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Tucked high in the Monashee Mountains, Rossland is at an elevation of 1023 metres (3410 feet). Its population is 3556, though it fluctuates from season to season. The population is at its peak during the winter. Rossland has been known as the 'Mountain Bike Capital of Canada' since 1993 when it was awarded this title, with an extensive trail system radiates from the outskirts of the town. Also nearby is the multi-peak ski hill, Red Mountain Resort.ToponymThe origin of the toponym Rossland comes from the name of a miner, Ross Thompson, who staked a claim in 1890. He originally tried to call the city Thompson, but he was advised that there was already a town with that name.HistoryIn 1897, as a result of a gold rush, Rossland for a time was one of Western Canada's largest cities. A number of historic buildings survive from this time.In 1929 Doukhobor firefighters were sent from Rossland to Gold Creek Basin in Washington State to fight a forest fire. Two of the men discovered a Lost Mine called the Lost Doukhobor Ledge.The Rossland Court House was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.
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