ABOUT SEYMOUR ARM
HISTORY OF (OGDEN CITY) SEYMOUR ARM
Seymour Arm holds the unique distinction of being the only community in the Shuswap and perhaps the entire province that became a ghost town twice.
In 1865, Ogden City became the location of a bustling boomtown serving travelers to the Big Bend Gold Rush on the Columbia. With a peak population of 5000 residents and visitors, Ogden City had 13 stores, 11 shoemakers, 8 wash houses, 6 barber shops, 6 physicians, 6 saloons, 5 bakeries, 3 restaurants, 2 blacksmiths, 1 bath-house, 1 drug store, 1 stationery shop, and a livery stable. Unfortunately, the success of the town was short lived as it was destroyed by fire in the late 1860s.
A little while later (1910) - English developers rebuilt the town complete with a post office, school and hotel and named it Seymour Arm. They attempted to promote the area to settlers primarily coming from England and boasted of the potential of the area for growing fruit. Within one year, Seymour Arm had a population of over 200, making it the largest community on the lake after Salmon Arm. In 1915, the first fall fair was held on the town wharf in front of the hotel. The displays included produce, flowers, fruits, crafts, and baking and besides the entrees from Seymour, they also came from Albas, Sorrento, and Anglemont.
Reality began to strike between 1914 and 1916, when many settlers left to fight in World War I, leaving their families behind to suffer financial ruin. Adding to the calamities, in 1916 a severe frost hit killing most of the fruit trees. As a result, the developers declared bankruptcy and most of the settlers were forced to leave and most of the land reverted to the crown for lack of tax payments. The hotel closed in 1925 and by 1940 the town was largely abandoned, save for a few remaining settlers. Today the hotel and one of the orchard-era mansions remain as historic sites, and the current locals enjoy Seymour as a retirement and recreational community.