ROLLA BC - ROLLA British Columbia. History, Rolla Traditional School, Community Centre, Church, Northern BC
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Welcome to the community of Rolla BC, located in northern BC, part of the Peace Country in northern Canada.

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Rolla Traditional School now known as Rolla Discovery School, K-grade 7. This school was built in 1964. 406 Avenue and 405 Street. (250) 759-4777.

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Rolla Bible Baptist Church, located on the south part of the community. 617-400 Avenue. (250) 759-4540 There is also a post office in the community that is run out of home.

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The Rolla Pub, has become the landmark of the community. Once known as the Columbia Hotel, it was built in 1920 by R. Jephson. Since 2007, the Martin family, owners of the pub have started a fundraiser for the much needed repairs. As years pass more deteriation becomes evident.

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The Sweetwater Cafe and Store located next to the Hotel.

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The old General Store located along Rolla Road has been closed for many years.

Events of the Peace Country

                        ROLLA, BC

Located just 15 km from Dawson Creek, British Columbia is the small community of Rolla. (west of Dawson Creek on Highway 49 then north on Range Road 211/ Rolla Road) The population of Rolla is 103 (2016) a decrease of -12% since the 117 of 2011. There are 49 dwellings in Rolla.

Along the main road is the Sweetwater Cafe and Store as well as the Rolla Pub. (the Hotel is closed)
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Repair Shop, Old Cars, Hall Sign, Truck with flowers, Woodpile, Thieves will be shot,older 2-stoey house

VIDEO Downtown Rolla BC and Around the Block
We start our video at Rolla Road where the Sweetwater Cafe and Store plus the Rolla Pub are located and then travel west through the community, then south and then along the Sweetwater Road back to the Rolla Road.
View VIDEO> (2:55min)

YouTubeVideo: Live Band Performing at Rolla Pub 2013 View VIDEO>

The Lea Miller family was the first settlers to arrive in the area in 1912 that were originally from Rolla, Missouri in the USA. This new area then started being referred to as Rolla. The Millers opened a post office and Rolla was officially named in 1914. In the early years there a number of businesses including a bank and newspaper (Peace River Block News) The newspaper published its first newspaper in Rolla in 1930 and was set up at the Pioneer Hall. In 1932 the weekly paper and a lot of other businesses moved to Dawson Creek when the Railway arrived in that community.

There are only a few businesses in Rolla BC with the majority of buildings being residential. The population of Rolla is about 119 (2006 stats) and if you include the immediate farming area it totals about 300. Area residents pronounce Rolla as "Raw-la".

Travelling on the Rolla Road south of Rolla BC, the countryside is fairly flat but as you approach Highway 49, you become surrounded by colorful rolling hills. There are grain fields and a number of farm homes, and buildings in the area. More photos: Highway south of Rolla, Farm Yard, Farmer working in field.

Sweetwater 905 Festival, Sweetwater 905 is a special event that takes place 1.5 miles west of Rolla BC on the Sweetwater Road. The three day festival of local and national talent includes artists, musicians and poets. UPDATE: The Festival will not be going ahead in 2018 but may return in 2019.


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Situated on the west part of the Hamlet is the Centennial Park.

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Rolla Community Hall. Weddings and reunions are held here as well as theAnnual Turkey Super on November 11th, and the Annual Good Friday Event. Fireworks take place each Halloween. The Hall was built in 1967. 407th Street. (250) 759-4570 .

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Rolla Church, located on north part of the community. Not in operation, but a historical building.

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