On a spring morning
in a small English Colony on the Pacific coast of British North America.
It was just another Sunday on Vancouver's Island.
The good people of Victoria went to Church.
While leaving the service they saw a ship landing prospectors from San Francisco on the beach.
The none native population of the colony had Just Doubled!
In what today is British Columbia the total non native population
went from under 700 to over 30,000
the year was 1858!
From that time to today, people have come here to better their lot in life.
They built thousands of camps, towns and some Cities.
Furs, Mining, Logging, Fishing & Whaling all these industries and more built our communities.
Folks called these places Home, raised families and buried their fallen.
Some grew into great Cities like Phoenix.
This site helps to keep alive the camps, towns & cities, but are now mostly lost & forgotten...
The nucleus of the Ghost Town of Harrison Mills.
Kilby's Hotel & General Store.
This Ghost Town is just 1.5 hours from Vancouver.
Make it a Ghost Town Day Trip to remember!
Collecting British Columbia,
Items in Mining, Advertising, Transportation,
Hotel-ware, Steam era,
Picture Post Cards, BC Police
and any old thing with B.C. on it...
The Grand Trunk Pacific's railway construction camps in BC were at the end of steel and designated by the mile they were situated from the Alberta boarder. She boosted all night high stakes poker games and saloons with standing room only 5 deep and a well patronized Red Light district!
This very wild little town was not unlike the TV show "Hell on Wheels" only much more populated
Today nothing remains of 52 Mile...
Simon Fraser, Alexander Mackenzie and David Thompson
did not work for the Hudson's Bay Company, so who did they work for?
Governor James Douglas offered full British Colonial Citizenship to any Negro in California.
Many came & had good free lives here in the two Colony's of Vancouver's Island and British Columbia.
BC came very close to War with the United States over the killing of a pig. True or False?
"A Murder on the Okanogan"
188 Mile Road House and post office on the Cariboo
Wagon Road, yep it's seen better days...
"use Back button to return"
Exciting Travel like winching your way thru Kitselas canyon on the Inlander. Scarey going up river. Overwhelming coming down. Travel by daylight only. Travel like this on the Skeena was lost to us in 1912...