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Settlement history opposite the city of New Westminster.  Brownsville is named after Ebenezer Brown who bought land here in 1861.  He developed his property with agriculture, commerce and industry and built a wharf on Fraser River and roads thereto, making Brown’s Landing the starting point for traffic to and from the Fraser Valley, the Interior and the frontier.   With the arrival of the railway, bridges and highways,  along with increasing population, Brownsville developed into the neighborhoods of South Westminster,   Timberland,  South Port Mann, Whalley and present-day Surrey City Centre.

Additional local history is included at  Queenborough Revenue Station and  Herring’s Point.
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The view shown on the blog header for Opposite the City covers a portion of the left bank of the Fraser River opposite the city of New Westminster ranging from the Indian Reserve in Lot 1 to the wharf at Brown’s Landing in Lot 4.
The large tree at the corner of the Indian Reserve can also be seen in views of the Fraser River railway bridge, opened in 1904.

The image is from a photograph by Notman,  taken from about the corner of Agnes and 6th in New Westminster, looking to the southeast.  The original photo is at the McCord Museum, identified as follows:
New Westminster, BC, 1887
William McFarlane Notman
1887, 19th century
Silver salts on glass – Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Photograph | New Westminster, BC, 1887 | VIEW-1777

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