Maple Ridge Yesterday
The first European settlers, many of whom had worked for Hudson's Bay Company, arrived in 1858 claiming land in the area. They had been based at the major trading post in Fort Langley across the Fraser River. The Scottish born John Maclivor and Samuel Robertson were two pioneers who successfully turned rainforest into workable farmland at Port Haney.
More settlers arrived with the advent of the Federal Free Homestead Act of 1874, which provided land at a $1 per acre to anyone strong enough to clear, fence and set up residency in three years. When the municipality was incorporated in the fall of 1874, 40 people were settled along the Fraser River. Maple Ridge was named after the ridge of Maple trees on Maclvor's dairy farm, the first in the area.
Thomas Haney arrived in 1876 to start a brick factory in the town site which bears his name. Haney is part of the District of Maple Ridge. Construction of the CPR right of way in 1881, brought numerous settlers to the community, who moved inland and started the neighbourhoods of Hammond, Whonnock, Ruskin, Pitt Meadows, Webster's Comer and Albion. The opening of the Lougheed Highway in 1931 prompted a further burst of development in Maple Ridge.
For further information visit the About Maple Ridge Page. Heritage Landscapes Project -- Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows. The Port Haney Diorama depicts the area circa 1926 on the Dewdney-Alouette Railway Society page.