By Beverley Boissery
Gold. With that one little notice and its promise of brilliant wealth, humans from all elements of the area got here to British Columbia within the 1850s and 1860s. such a lot have been sick built for the tricky terrain, the icy water, and the inhospitable weather. a few discovered the motherlode. Others settled for changing into wealthy retailers. such a lot 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 background tells the tales of the Fraser and Cariboo gold rush and of the lives curious about that tumultuous yet decisive occasion in Canadian history.
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Extra info for Beyond Hope: An Illustrated History of the Fraser and Cariboo Gold Rush
There, in a tent, she gave birth to her daughter Rose. ” “A Returned Digger” was one of the writers who provided fallacious information. Gold, he exclaimed in his book, in the “Cariboo Diggings generally … is found near the surface — a few inches, a foot or two, and very seldom more than six feet” deep. That may have been the case when the first prospectors made their finds but by the summer of 1862 it was an entirely different story. Mining in the Cariboo had become a very expensive and difficult process involving a heavy outlay of money and deep exploration.
Ironically, they left before new discoveries turned Billy Barker and John Cameron into household names. Billy Barker, a Cornish sailor, deserted his ship to follow the siren’s call to the goldfields. After arriving in the Williams Creek area in August 1862, he staked his claim, constructed a shafthouse, and with a few others began digging. Allegedly inspired by a dream that promised him “pay at fifty-two,” they dug down to fifty-two feet. What happened next gave a new definition to the The windlass at the Barker claim.
Therefore, prospectors invested in flumes (the Californian name for the long wooden conduits that brought water to the diggings), sluice boxes, and water wheels, and, to afford the equipment, they forged companies in which shares frequently sold for one thousand dollars. Even being part of a partnership, though, could not guarantee success, as George Blair discovered. ” In the more shallow diggings they made Beyond Hope “a stream of water” to wash away all the loose dirt of the topsoil. The remainder was shifted through sluice boxes, “a long string of troughs about a foot wide and ten inches high set on an incline” so that the water raced through them, leaving the pay dirt behind.