Lost Kootenays: A History in Pictures

Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton
ISBN: 978-1-77276-164-1

Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton administer the "Lost Kootenays" Facebook group with the intent of preserving, promoting and sharing the history of the Kootenays and the people who lived here. Today the "Lost Kootenays" community is 50,000 strong and growing.

Nesteroff and Brighton have put together the definitive photographic account of the Kootenays. Their rich storytelling shares multiple perspectives, including First Peoples, pioneer settlers and entrepreneurs, as well as mining, forestry, fruit farming, railroading and steamboating.

With more than 130 photographs — many of them seen here for the first time — Lost Kootenays: A History in Pictures offers us a window into the past, stirring in us the emotions of wonder and curiosity about those who have gone before us and the lives they lived.




As a child of the Kootenays, I am always seeking to know and understand the place where I have always lived, its history, its ecology, its people. This book is a treasure house, full of amazing historical photos and carefully researched history.

— Luanne Armstrong, award-winning author of A Bright and Steady Flame


Like Kootenay miners, Eric Brighton and Greg Nesteroff dig deep to uncover rarely seen images of ghost towns, steamers and dreamers. Lost Kootenays is a delightful collaboration that celebrates one of BC's most storied regions.

— Mark Forsythe, former CBC Radio host


Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton have selected historic photos that you can savour again and again. This book is a keeper.

— Tom Lymbery, Kootenay historian and author


Greg Nesteroff is the former editor of the Nelson Star and former news director of the Vista Radio stations in the West Kootenay. He lives in Trail and writes "The Kütne Reader," a blog about local history.

Eric Brighton is an amateur photographer, history buff, Kootenay explorer, well-known contributor to many Facebook history groups and all around 80s rocker.

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