Barkerville in Cariboo Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
Cariboo Gold Fields
Districts Aurifères de Cariboo
—Barkerville - Historic Town —
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.
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.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board
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 (Provincial Highway 26). Touch 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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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 816 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on May 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.