Jerry’s Cove Picnic, Tuesday 24 May 1898
Located next to a former Musqueum village site called Ee’yullmough, Jericho Beach was set aside in 1862 as a military reserve base in case of an American invasion. Then in 1865, Jerry Rogers acquired the deed and set up a lucrative logging operation with which he cleared much of what’s now Kitsilano. In the 1870s, Rogers became the first to use motorized logging equipment, ie, a steam-powered tractor to transport the logs to the water. The name “Jericho” is thought to be a corruption of “Jerry’s Cove,” as the site was known during Rogers’ tenure.
By the 1920s, Jericho was being used as a military base for seaplanes, and in the 1930s for militia training. In the mid-30s, the militia training camp doubled as a relief camp for unemployed workers, the only one in BC that was located within Vancouver’s boundaries.
The military buildings lingered for years on the site, finding new purposes when the hippies squatted one of them during the lead up to the 1970 Battle of Jericho, and again in 1976 when the Habitat Forum was held at Jericho.
Most of the military buildings are now gone and Jericho Beach is now surrounded by a huge park, probably best known as the site of the annual Folk Festival. Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the first Battle of Jericho that took place there.
Source: Photo by Edwards Brothers, City of Vancouver Archives #Be P120