Ioco is much more than a road that runs through Port Moody, its origins are rooted deep within the history of our entire region.
From the City of Port Moody
– Site clearing for the Imperial Oil refinery at Ioco began in 1913, followed by installation of the crude oil processing equipment in 1914. The refinery began refining in January, 1915.
– As construction continued on the refinery, more manpower was required and as a result the tent town expanded and became a more permanent â€œshack town.â€ This tent-and-shack town squatted on both sides of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) right of way south of the present townsite. By 1917, approximately 200 men, women and children were living in the shack town, which now boasted a school and two grocery stores.
– The land was cleared and housing construction began in 1920. The first houses, however, were the cottages from the refinery, which were towed to their new site using donkey engines (portable steam engines used primarily in the lumber industry). Between 1920 and 1924 83 houses were built
Side note: The word Ioco is actually an anagram of Imperial Oil Company.
Being the original western terminus for the CPR in 1879, Port Moody (est. 1913) now flourishes as the “city of the arts”, which contrasts its thick industrial heritage but is a testament to its growth. This makes Ioco well worthy of one of my Day Tripping posts, which is forthcoming – you know… once I get through this whole Blogathon thing.