Good intentions drive book

There’s more to a road than just asphalt. There’s a story behind it

Georgina Carruthers is the author of Paved With Good Intentions: The Roads of Lake Country.

Georgina Carruthers is the author of Paved With Good Intentions: The Roads of Lake Country.

There’s more to a road than just asphalt. There’s a story behind it.

And that’s exactly what Georgina Carruthers discovered as she put together her new book, Paved With Good Intentions: The Roads of Lake Country.

“When I’m driving around and look at the road signs, it gets my mind thinking,” she said.

“It gives you a sense of belonging.”

Putting the history of roads into book form was the farthest thing from Carruthers mind as she went about her volunteer duties at the Lake Country Museum. She had been asked to identify when a road was established and how it got her name.

“It would have been just one paragraph but when I got into the stories, there’s no way I could do it in one paragraph,” she said.

Carruthers, who has lived in Lake Country since 1999, tackled the task by speaking to residents as well as digging through the archives in Lake Country and Vernon.

“It opened my eyes to how a lot of the families are connected together,” she said.

In many cases, roads are named after families with deep roots. In other cases, their presence in Lake Country was short-lived.

Case in point is Broadbent Road, a dead-end street off of Goldie Road. It was named for Robert Broadbent, who arrived in 1947 from Britain, but lost his orchard because of weather. After not finding employment, he headed back overseas.

“He only lasted four years,” said Carruthers.

Research continues as some road names are surrounded in mystery.

“With Davidson Road, I can’t figure out which Davidson family it is, and it’s the same with Wilson Road,” said Carruthers.

Paved With Good Intentions: The Roads of Lake Country is $20, with $5 going to the Lake Country Museum. Copies are available at the Greater Vernon Museum and the Lake Country Museum (winter hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.).