By Beverley Boissery

Gold. With that one little observe and its promise of really good wealth, humans from all components of the realm got here to British Columbia within the 1850s and 1860s. such a lot have been in poor health outfitted for the tricky terrain, the icy water, and the inhospitable weather. a few came upon the motherlode. Others settled for changing into wealthy retailers. so much grew to become impoverished, and a mess misplaced their lives. With new roads and new settlers, the gold rush helped construct Canada’s West. This pictorial heritage tells the tales of the Fraser and Cariboo gold rush and of the lives fascinated with that tumultuous yet decisive occasion in Canadian history.

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42 Beverley Boissery and Bronwyn Short However, sternwheelers could not navigate their way through the Fraser Canyon and land transportation remained necessary. S. government for three hundred dollars each. At first glance, the plan seemed sound. The animals could carry eight hundred pounds, travel thirty to forty miles a day, and go for days without food or water. British Columbia, though, would put a lie to those statistics, as any far-sighted person could have predicted. Once the camels arrived, they promptly attacked everyone and everything in their vicinity.

Wrote to Squire Sheffield and my sister. Slept in our tent for the first time. May 8th. ” But by mid-April, Evans had made his way to Yale where he became a merchant and bookkeeper for the Barnard’s Express. While he went on to become Barnard’s principal business manager, it is not known whether or not his rheumatism continued as a lifelong problem! A traveller on the Cariboo road noted: “The stagecoaches were the aristocrats of the road. Traffic yielded to them and drivers entered and left stopping-places in a galloping flourish.

Milton slept under the counter, I alongside it. ” Champness wrote similarly: “We were very crowded, as the small building was filled with miners by day and night, sleeping under the table and benches as well as on top of them, and all over the floor. Miners, in these parts and elsewhere, become so accustomed to their rough way of life, as to prefer sleeping on a floor, or even on the bare ground, if only dry, rather than in a soft bed. Originally from Germany, the hurdy-gurdy girls had been part of the Californian goldfields, and, like many forty-niners, had simply moved north with the new gold rush.

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