Powers Flat


The Gellatly Nut Farm - now park.


Picture of Flying Horse Farm 1975. The orchard was Pear, Cherry and Apple. ">" on the left points to the log barn now on the Gellatly Heritage Park. The "<" on the right points to the blacksmith shop. Powers Creek fed this alluvial flood plain or delta by riverlets going every direction. In spring this whole delta was flooded as riverlets went every way. The Gellatly homesteaders filled in the ravines by a horse drawn shovel. They cut down the trees and removed their stumps by dynamite. A plough, a barrel fitted with chisels and wagon wheels were still there 20 years ago.


Powers Flat from Goat's Peak 2003.Then and now, 1977 and 2002, mosaic of Boucherie and Gellatly
An ancient map depicting the Central Okanagan:


A map of Gellatly Bay to the right and Seclusion Bay to the left:




Thunderbird

Eagle diving at ducks and scops in Gellatly Bay, October 2003. You can see the bend in the eagle's wings is very like this pictograph of the Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is very like the Phoenix, the reborn Sun rising from the ashes of the old Sun. Eagles often fly from Gellatly Bay over Powers Creek and over this pictograph on their way to Peachland.

Click here for side view. This blacksmith shop basement was built on one of these creek beds. The basement was used for cold storage using ice blocks and sawdust. The sawdust was from the mill at the docks making the boxes to ship the fruit and vegetables. Later John Brown stored his nursery stock there. Brands on the wall.


This waterfall and canyon may mark the fault line that goes up through Rose Valley. The summer of about 2002 there was a small earthquake and the horses in the pasture at Flying Horse Farm nearby could be seen running in startlement.Before this natives fished the Kokanee by daming the creek, diverting it into one of these riverlets and scooping up the stranded fish on the now dry creek bed. As a boy I remember greeting natives at the bridge below our house. A pole with a nail at the tip was curved to snag the fish. A fish ladder was installed at the falls on Powers creek in 1980. Originally the creek ran around the rock instead of over.


This one of the peaks on Goat's peak, named after the Gellatly Angora goats. Often they could be seen standing on the rugged rock. The green rock is Ryolite volcanic - the white rock at the beach is volcanic ash, there was an active volcano in Westbank 726,000 years ago. Then Goat's peak must also be an extinct volcano. The peak could have been used as a lookout in ancient times. Caves nearby could have provided food and shelter.

Here are Mountain Goats on Mount Drought right beside Goat's peak. They probably are afraid to cross the underpass to Goat's Peak. Real Mountain Goats appearing on Goat's peak in the 1900's may have given the mountain its name. Picture by Lars Karstad, March 26, 2012:









Lion's Mouth Cave. It almost is like looking into a lion's mouth! Far above is the lion's den 25 feet to the back, now with a black bear in hibernation. It has a large stone infront which could have been used to keep food or for burial. A second cave with escape route - would have been the shore line to Lake Penticton, 500 feet above where Okanagan Lake is now. 5,000 years ago the ice jam at Penticton gave way. A third cave 6 feet high. A fourth cave 15 feet wide. These red rocks were first sedimentary sand then became volcanic, 85% silicate with several large quartz veins, probably sand that absorbed the iron from the volcanic rock beneath giving it the reddish color and with heat and pressure became rock. Properly volcanic rock. Natives used these quartz veins for chipping sites to make their stone tools out of the quartz.


Click here for 1975 picture. Picture taken 2000. Log cabin built by Billy Powers 1888. The natives did not accept him and tried to scare him off because Powers flat, the delta, was their hunding ground. He used lanterns to ward them off. He abandoned the cabin 1889. The property was purchased by David Erskine Gellatly in 1900. The cabin was the home of the Gellatly family until 1908 and housed the Post Office from 1903 - 1908 when it was moved to the Gellatly's new home. 1993 - side 1993 - end


Jean, Jack & D.E. Gellatly 1903. This cabin was eventually removed by John Brown and was located below the Gellatly Pointe where Powers Creek turns the corner.


Click here for house and farm.


Click here for house and farm. The Gellatly Home was built in 1908. A tenant in the latter years remarked "This place is full of ghosts!"The green house was 53' X 250' and was built in 1906. A big wind came up that day and blew it down. The south wind can be very strong. Here you see a tree leaning away from it. The green house was rebuilt in 1907.

Gellatly home stead From the hill side Family picture The warf Picture of the Westbank Growers Coop 1950
Gellatly Bay and Power's Flat 1900


Gellatly barn built in 1903.

Gellatly Heritage Park

Images of the restored barn and cabin:





Local tree, wooden carving, of an Okanagan sun. 30 years ago Bill Gellatly asked me if I had seen it, to which I replied I had and this is my memory of it. Stunted tree straightens out - 1975, by the Gellaty Heritage Park. There was an old tree near here with the carving of the sun. Gone now. Like the Sky Lark that blessed the valley with its song. They were introduced to Vancouver Island in 1903. When there at private school in 1975 - 1977 I often heard the Sky Lark there. It sounded just like at home. I have not heard it since about 1999.

New trail on Goat's Peak. Follow the trail in each picture from 1 to 10.
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