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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

The Signing Post

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. The Signing Post Marker
Inscription. You are standing in Bastion Square. The Hudsonís Bay Company, whose legacy continues at the store on Government Street, established Fort Victoria here in 1843. This area has always been an important public space. All visitors had to gain permission from a gatekeeper to enter Fort Victoria and they were required to provide letters of introduction to the Chief Factor at the fort where ship captains also signed a register.

Bastion Square became a different kind of gathering place during The Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858 when over 25,000 people began to arrive in Fort Victoria to buy supplies. Soon the fort was demolished and stores, hotels and saloons were opened for the gold miners. A new court, jail and law offices were also built in Bastion Square.

Today, Bastion Square in the heart of Victoriaís Old Town National Historic Site and hosts the Maritime Museum as well as shops, offices, restaurants, bars and cafes.
 
Location. 48° 25.559′ N, 123° 22.181′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached from Wharf Street. Touch for map. This marker is near

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By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. Detail from The Signing Post Marker
#8 Bastion Square. Bastion Square is located between Wharf and Government Streets at the foot of View Street. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Amor De Cosmos, 1825-1897 (a few steps from this marker); Mizzen Mast – H.M.S. Algerine (a few steps from this marker); Boomerang Court and Chancery Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Victoria Law Courts (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bell Tower (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Leiser Building (about 90 meters away); Waddington Alley (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesIndustry & Commerce
 
The Signing Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
3. The Signing Post Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 499 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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