Canada's major port on the Pacific Coast began as a rough
collection of wooden houses clustered around a saloon next to a sawmill.
The mill, built by Captain Edward Stamp, began cutting lumber in 1867. That
same year Gassy Jack Deighton opened his saloon with two chairs and a barrel
of whisky and Gastown was on the map. For nine years it grew and prospered,
until 1886 when the entire town burned down. Less than a year later it had
been rebuilt, renamed Vancouver, and the first train of the Canadian Pacific
Railroad had connected the city to eastern Canada.