CLIMATE: Mild summer,cold winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer
REMAINS: Just a Site.
Pocahontas began life in 1909 as a construction camp set up along the 184-mile
tote road in order to build the grade for the advancing Grand Trunk Pacific
Railroad. Pacahontas likely would have had the fleeting life of other
construction camps had it not been sitting atop a fine seam of steam
coal that had been discovered a couple of years earlier. In 1910 the
mine was opened and began stockpiling coal for the arrival of the Grand
Trunk locomotives. While they were constructing a huge tipple, there
were 250 miners and construction workers stationed at Pocahontas. Because
of similarities in the coal with that of Pocahontas, Pennsylvania, it
was given that name for the town. For the next ten years, the little
town prospered. Though the original town as long since vanished, the
site is well marked by the Pocahontas Bungalows that were built after
the Second World War. There, too, starts the road that leads southeast
from its junction with Highway 16 to the now famous Miette Hot Springs.
The drive over the winding 10-mile road is about as picturesque as one
will find anywhere.