|Title||Williams Creek Fire Brigade building decorated for visit by Governor Musgrave in 1869 |
|Notes||On verso of image: Williams Creek Fire Hall. The record Barkerville theatre decorated for Governor Musgrave's visit in 1869.|
Filed in British Columbia--Barkerville
|Contextual Notes||In 1858, word of the discovery of gold on the Fraser River reached the outside world and resulted in an influx of gold seekers from all corners of the globe. As the gold in the gravel bars of the lower Fraser declined, prospectors followed the river north, eventually reaching the rich gold-bearing creeks of the Cariboo. In 1861, a party led by William "Dutch Bill" Dietz, found gold in a stream they named Williams Creek in Dutch Bill's honor. |
At first, most of the mining activity was confined to the portion of the creek above the canyon where gold was found at a shallow depth. Amid the clutter of flumes and sluice boxes, the town of Richfield sprang up in 1861.
William "Billy" Barker was an Englishman who arrived in Victoria in 1858. After two unsuccessful attempts to find gold above the canyon, he decided to try his luck downstream. Forming the Barker Company with seven other Englishmen in 1862, Barker sank a shaft below the canyon at Williams Creek where the depth of the overburden made people believe that gold would never be found. At a depth of forty feet, Barker and company struck pay dirt. News of the Barker strike spread rapidly. Soon, the town of Barkerville, named after Billy Barker, was born.
|Subjects (LCTGM)||Fire fighters--British Columbia--Barkerville; Fire stations--British Columbia--Barkerville; Festive decorations--British Columbia--Barkerville; Wooden buildings--British Columbia--Barkerville; Group portraits |
|Subjects (LCSH)||Williams Creek Fire Brigade; Volunteer fire fighters--British Columbia--Barkerville; Fire hose; Barkerville (B.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc. |
|Location Depicted||Canada--British Columbia--Barkerville |
|Digital Collection||Alaska, Western Canada and United States Collection|
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division |
|Repository Collection||Canada Photograph Collection. PH Coll 393 |
|Object Type||Photograph |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from a photographic print using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600XL at 100 dpi in JPEG format at compression rate 3 and resized to 768x600 ppi. 2004. |
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