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The town of Powell River was preplanned on blueprints as early as 1909. Once the construction of the pulp and paper mill was underway, construction of the company town began. 

The construction proceeded methodically, block by block, with up to seven homes being built simultaneously. The progress of the town's construction depended on the economic conditions of the mill in any given year. The year 1930 marked the completion of the preplanned Garden City.