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John Cameron and Sophie Groves at the time of their marriage in Cornwall

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The sad story of John Cariboo Cameron

Those who know the history of the Barkerville gold fields will recall that the original name for Barkerville was Cameronton.

John Cameron and Sophie Groves at the time of their marriage in Cornwall

Travel and dessert night March 15

The popular Travel and Dessert Night series winds up for this spring with a pictorial tour of Cuba.

Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell

Reverend to tour St. Joseph’s Mission

St. Andrew’s United Church in the lakecity is honoured to host a visit from the Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell.

Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
Barry Sale examines the origins of the word: Columneetza

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The origins of Columneetza

We have all heard the word “Columneetza,” but what do we really know about this word?

Barry Sale examines the origins of the word: Columneetza

Travel and dessert night adventures in Peru

The general public is cordially invited to another in the popular travel and dessert night series hosted by St. Andrew’s United Church.

The 137 Mile House.

Haphazard History: Mike McCarthy of 137 Mile

In the mid 1860s, Charles M. Beak, one of the early cattlemen at the 108 Mile House, saw the advantages of developing a market.

The 137 Mile House.

Dessert nights return

The popular travel and dessert nights sponsored by St. Andrew’s United Church return for 2017.

Some of the old outbuildings remain at the original Felker homestead.

Smart 55: Gold fever draws Felker family to Cariboo

One of the early pioneer families in the Cariboo was the Felker family.

Some of the old outbuildings remain at the original Felker homestead.
An old trading post at Fort Alexandria.

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The stories of Fort Alexandria and Fort Chilcotin

In 1793, Alexander Mackenzie became the first European to cross the North American continent by land.

An old trading post at Fort Alexandria.
The 150 Mile House Store and Freight Wagon in 1921.

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: Louis Crosina and the 153 Mile House Store

Recently, the 153 Mile Store was in the news. I have been in that store on several occasions.

The 150 Mile House Store and Freight Wagon in 1921.
The original 150 Mile House and Store.

Haphazard History: 150 Mile House an important supply depot

This is part two of this edition of Haphazard History continued from the Aug. 3 Tribune.

The original 150 Mile House and Store.
Early pack train being readied at 150 mile house.

Haphazard History: 150 Mile House early economic hub

In the early summer of 1859, Thomas W. Davidson, a miner from Montecristo, California was transporting goods to Fort Alexandria.

Early pack train being readied at 150 mile house.
The first automobile fatality in the Cariboo occurred in 1911.

Haphazard History: The Cariboo’s first vehicle fatality

By 1910, the B.C. Express Co. had replaced its horse drawn passenger stagecoaches with motorized vehicles.

The first automobile fatality in the Cariboo occurred in 1911.
Lloyd “Cyclone” Smith

Casual Country: The romance and tragedy of Cyclone Smith

This year marks the 90th running of the Williams Lake Stampede, a show which tests the mettle of the best cowboys and stock found.

Lloyd “Cyclone” Smith
The Williams Lake School

Haphazard History: Early schools in the area

The very first schools in the Cariboo region were built in response to the needs of the small communities.

The Williams Lake School
The Enterprise docked at Soda Creek in 1863. B.C. Provincial Archives.

Haphazard History: Paddle-wheelers on the Fraser River/Part 1

On Highway 97, just south of MacAlister, there is a pullout overlooking the Fraser River.

The Enterprise docked at Soda Creek in 1863. B.C. Provincial Archives.
The original headboard on William Luce's grave travelled for years before finding home.

Haphazard History: Live Yank remembered

In my last column I wrote about William “The Live Yank” Luce, a miner and prospector who operated a stopping house near Snowshoe Creek.

The original headboard on William Luce's grave travelled for years before finding home.
William 'the Live' Yank.

Haphazard History: The Live Yank’s Hotel

Many people in the Cariboo have heard of Yank’s Peak, the 6,200-foot mountain to the north of Keithly Creek.

William 'the Live' Yank.
Deep Creek House

Haphazard History – ‘Frank’s Way’ or the highway: part two

Frank suggested the company overseers go into the saloon and have a drink or two while the box was being filled.

Deep Creek House
Deep Creek House

Haphazard History: ‘Frank’s Way’ or the highway, part one

By the summer of 1863 the Cariboo Wagon Road was completed well past Deep Creek.

Deep Creek House