Cariboo history was on the auction block last weekend when the former Springhouse School was sold.

History goes to the highest bidder

A portion of Cariboo history was on the auction block this past long weekend at an auction at the former Springhouse Trails guest ranch.

A portion of Cariboo history was on the auction block this past long weekend at an auction at the former Springhouse Trails guest ranch and recreation facility on Saturday where virtually everything, including several ‘kitchen-sinks’ was for sale. Included was this historic log building (in a former life); once the Springhouse School.

Several buildings including: the former schoolhouse (and addition), three cabins, a sauna house and the steakhouse/restaurant building were on the sale-list with the stipulation, to be moved/removed at the new owner’s expense within 30 days.

The building-buyers, as they say, had a field day, if they had the spare time and the necessary expertise to get the move/removal accomplished in the specified time, the price was certainly right as the long weekend or lack of qualified people in attendance favoured those who were there to buy.

Auctioneer Ab Newman of Hub City Auctions, Williams Lake (holding clipboard in front of building) tried hard, but in the end had no alternative but to accept a very low final bid for this historic old log house, once home to the Springhouse School (contents were sold separately). The buyer now has 30 days to relocate this reminder of a different era in the Cariboo; the one-room school-house on Springhouse Prairie.

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