Beyond Hope: An Illustrated History of the Fraser and by Beverley Boissery

By Beverley Boissery

Gold. With that one little notice and its promise of amazing wealth, humans from all components of the realm got here to British Columbia within the 1850s and 1860s. so much have been sick built for the tricky terrain, the icy water, and the inhospitable weather. a few stumbled on the motherlode. Others settled for changing into wealthy retailers. such a lot grew to become impoverished, and a multitude 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 fascinated with that tumultuous yet decisive occasion in Canadian history.

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The hurdy-gurdy. 62 Beverley Boissery and Bronwyn Short Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of women in the goldfields were married. The organized prostitution of the Californian diggings did not travel north. In fact, according to the British Colonist, nine American prostitutes caused a sensation when they arrived in the Williams Creek area. ” A revolver or bowie knife attached to their waist thoroughly dispelled any image of femininity, even for the female-starved miners. In general, only Native and Chinese women were sexually exploited and such exploitation was rarely organized.

There are no low earnings,” Fraser assured his readers, and with reports such as these circulating throughout the world, another gold rush began. Men left wives and families, each believing they would become as wealthy as those they had read about. Many later 38 Mount Baker as prospectors like W. Champness and George Blair would have seen it as they set out from New Westminster. “The view of Harrison Lake is taken from a small bay … about fifteen miles from Douglas … In the distance are a portion of the Cascade Mountains and Mount Baker, an active volcano, situated in Washington Territory”: Illustrated London News.

At least one was slaughtered for meat, a few became tourist attractions, and one survived into the twentieth century. While the camels were an “utter failure,” they did at least transport some goods, unlike the wackiest of all the various ideas to improve transportation. J. C. Beedy, imported four rubber-tired road steamers from Scotland. ” Theoretically, each steamer could haul six tons of freight, and the first set off from Yale for the Cariboo in the spring of 1871 with great optimism. It reached Spuzzum that same day, Boston Bar the next, and Jackass Mountain on the third.

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