Haphazard History

The Pickard Place was located 13 miles north of Soda Creek. (Barry Sale photo)

Haphazard History: Pickard Ranch at Soda Creek

Pickard Ranch was also known to the people in the area as 173 Mile

  • Oct 8, 2022

 

Rick Matthews at the Seven Mile Ranch circa 1972. (Rick Matthews photo)

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The Texas Ferry provided access to Cariboo gold fields

All that remains at the site are two rustling boilers

  • Aug 12, 2022

 

The column Haphazard History was started after Williams Lake Tribune publisher Kathy McLean approached then-teacher Barry Sale to write a column on local history. Since then, Sale has hand-written 150 columns. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: History buff heads for Alberta in August

Hitting the home stretch of retirement, Barry Sale is shifting closer to family

  • Jul 16, 2022

 

The Gold Escort at Barkerville in 1863. (BC Provincial Archives photo)

HAPHAZARD HISTORY PODCAST: The Gold Escort

When gold was sent from the Cariboo to San Francisco to be refined, the secret was out

  • May 7, 2022
The Gold Escort at Barkerville in 1863. (BC Provincial Archives photo)
The town of Barkerville before the fire of 1868. (BC Archives collection Frederick Dally)

HAPHAZARD HISTORY PODCAST: The great Barkerville fire of 1868

A total of 116 buildings were destroyed in the historic fire

  • Apr 9, 2022
The town of Barkerville before the fire of 1868. (BC Archives collection Frederick Dally)
Frederick Dally has become known as the gold rush photographer.

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: B.C.’s Gold Rush photographer Frederick Dally

PODCAST: Listen along to this latest edition of Haphazard History

  • Mar 5, 2022
Frederick Dally has become known as the gold rush photographer.
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Miners clearing bedrock in Stout’s Gulch near Barkerville, B.C. in 1870. (B.C. Archives Collection photo)

HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The story of Ned Stout

Bavaria to B.C., a miner’s life of adventure

  • Jan 8, 2022
Miners clearing bedrock in Stout’s Gulch near Barkerville, B.C. in 1870. (B.C. Archives Collection photo)
Plaque on the Fraser River Bridge. (Public domain photo)

LISTEN: A Haphazard History of the Fraser River Bridge

For eons, a natural slowing of the current in that area of the river made for a suitable crossing site

  • Sep 23, 2021
Plaque on the Fraser River Bridge. (Public domain photo)
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