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Barkerville in Cariboo Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Cariboo Gold Fields

Districts Aurifères de Cariboo

 

—Barkerville - Historic Town —

 
Cariboo Gold Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2010
1. Cariboo Gold Fields Marker
Inscription.
English:
A search for the source of placer gold found on lower parts of the Fraser River led to discoveries of lode mines in the Cariboo, of which Williams Creek, is said to have yielded $19,000,000. As a centre of population in the 1860’s, the gold fields were the catalyst for the economic and political development of colony of British Columbia. They attracted miners from around the world and stimulated the growth of trade and agriculture. Economic difficulties resulting from the decline in gold yield after 1865 promoted a desire for union of the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

French:
Les recherches de la source des placers de Bas-Frasier entraînèrent la déécouverte de filons d’or dans la région de Cariboo. Au ruisseau Williams, notamment, la valeur-or s’éleva à dix-neuf millions de dollars de l’époque. Ces placers favorisèrent, au cours des années 1860, l’essor économique et politique de la colonie de la Colombie-Britannique. Les mineurs accoururent du monde entier et leur présence stimula la commerce et l’agriculture. L’impasse financière causée par le déclin de production, aprè s 1865, fit toutefois souhaiter la fusion des colonies de la Columbie-Britannique et de l‘île de Vancouver.
 
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Barkerville - Historic Town image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2010
2. Barkerville - Historic Town
Billie Barker’s discovery of gold on Williams Creek triggered a stampede of thousands to this part of the Cariboo. The boomtown of Barkerville, which sprang up amidst the mining frenzy, has been a destination full of adventure for millions of people ever since. Today, the Cariboo Gold Rush is still in full swing and Barkerville is teeming with fortune seekers from all over the world. Historic townsfolk await your arrival, eager to relive a hundred years of big finds and disappointments, the love stories and murdereers’ tales, the joys and hardships of life in the gold fields. No matter your age, there is something here for you. In fact, there’s so much to see and do, why not plan to spend a couple of days with us? You’ll treasured the experience!
of Canada.
 
Location. 53° 4.14′ N, 121° 30.906′ W. Marker is in Barkerville, British Columbia, in Cariboo Regional District. Marker can be reached from Barkerville Highway (British Columbia Route 26). Click for map. The marker is located near the entrance to Barkerville. Marker is in this post office area: Barkerville, British Columbia BC V0K, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornish Wheel & Pump (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Chee Kung Tong Building (approx. half a kilometer away); Richfield Courthouse (approx. 1.9 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Barkerville. A Youtube video by the Provincial Capital Commission giving the history of the area through historic and current day photos. (Submitted on May 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Tour Barkerville, BC. A Youtube video displaying a visitor's photo album of of the town of Barkerville and its buildings. (Submitted on May 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Barkerville's Main Street. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2010
3. Barkerville's Main Street.
The skies are greyed by local forest fires.
St. Saviour's Anglican Church. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2010
4. St. Saviour's Anglican Church.
Barkerville's Main Street. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2010
5. Barkerville's Main Street.
J.P. Taylor Drugstore image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2010
6. J.P. Taylor Drugstore
Dr. Jones's Dentist Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2010
7. Dr. Jones's Dentist Office
Joe Dennny Saloon & House Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2010
8. Joe Dennny Saloon & House Hotel
Joe Dennny Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2010
9. Joe Dennny Saloon
Governent Assay Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2010
10. Governent Assay Office
W. Baker Stables. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2010
11. W. Baker Stables.
Mason & Daly General Store and C. Strouss & Co. General Store. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2010
12. Mason & Daly General Store and C. Strouss & Co. General Store.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 776 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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