His grandfather, Smith, a [Scottish] schoolmaster and soldier during the Napoleonic wars, had served at Waterloo. Andrew Smith was an engineer and inventor.
AtlinCassiarghost towngoldgold mininggold rushKlondikemother lodeOminecaplacerTulameenvancouver 1 Comment In part one of the top ten gold rushes of BC we covered the early gold rushes primarily in the Southern regions.
As time went on gold hungry adventurers pushed further in the wild North of the Canadian West coast. Their adventurous spirit was rewarded greatly and eventually led them into the Yukon and Alaska. This region encompasses several different mountain ranges including the Selkirks, the Cariboo Mountains, the Monashees and the Rocky Mountains.
In gold was discovered on French Creek which is straight North of Revelstoke. Within the first year the town reached a population of over people. Nothing is left today but during the rush French Creek had a general store, saloons with cabaret shows, barber shops and of course brothels.
Other important towns of the rush were La Porte and Downie Creek. The inhabitants came mostly from the Wild Horse area and other areas in BC.
Steamboats were a major factor during the big bend gold rush. Many of the prospectors reached the area on steamboats via the Arrow Lakes which make up part of the Columbia River. The lake network allowed boat passengers to travel from areas as far South as the US border.
A 14 ounce nugget was reported to be found on French Creek and numerous smaller nuggets were also found. In miners were bringing out multiple ounces per day to the man on some claims. Just like other places in the late s hydraulic and drift mining driven by mining companies and syndicates quickly replaced hand mining techniques.
The big bend gold rush only lasted two years but mining in the area continues to this day. Several large projects and proposed mines are located in the big bend. The southern boundary is marked today by the Yellowhead highway the North boundary is the Liard Mountains.
In the early days there were very few people in the area due to a complete lack of trails, roads or maps and unforgiving terrain and weather.
Much of the area is still wild today. Several expeditions were launched though the area searching for gold. Vital Creek produced nearly ounces in the years following the rush. Many creeks were paying ounces per week.
Travelling to the Omineca in the s was a feat in itself. The discovery of gold in the Cassiar in spelled the end of the Omineca gold rush. As with all gold rushes those who held good ground stayed and kept mining while everyone else headed on to the next boom town.
The Omineca is one of the least explored regions in BC today and there are still gold strikes waiting to be found. A few hundred prospectors ascended the river in search of gold.
Not enough gold was found to entice more adventurers to the region but the excitement was enough to prompt Britain into claiming the region as a colony in This part of the country is extremely rugged with huge mountains, glaciers and a very cold winter.
Thibert Creek was very rich, in the first year miners were getting up to three ounces to the pan. The largest gold nugget ever found in BC was taken from Mcdame Creek tipping the scale at 73 ounces! Several towns sprung up near the gold discoveries such as Laketon, Porter Landing and Centerville.
They are all ghost towns now but in the height of the rush thousands of people were passing through the shops and saloons of the Cassiar. Like the Omineca much of this region is just as wild today as it was years ago.The discovery of gold in the Yukon in led to a stampede to the Klondike region between and This led to the establishment of Dawson City () and subsequently, the Yukon Territory ().
Packers ascending summit of Chilkoot Pass, , en route to the Klondike Gold Rush. The Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, (also Fraser Gold Rush and Fraser River Gold Rush) began in after gold was discovered on the Thompson River in British Columbia at its confluence with the Nicoamen River a few miles upstream from the Thompson's confluence with the Fraser River at present-day Lytton.
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The chronological history of the Fraser River Gold Rush of , as viewed and reported by the newspapers of that eraAuthor: Lewis J. Swindle. Gold Rush - British Columbia There were several gold finds in British Columbia in the s, but the largest and most important discoveries were made in the sand bars along the Fraser River.
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With that one little word and its promise of fabulous wealth, people from all parts of the world came to British Columbia in the s and s.
Most were ill equipped for the difficult terrain. The Fraser river gold rush made Fort Yale useful again, and gave it a new lease on life. Almost abandoned years before, Fort Yale was in the middle of the activity.
Its proximity to the river made it instantly useful again. The single wood building became a supply point for miners on Hill's bar, Boston bar and many others.