Most everyone who hears of the Cariboo gold rush thinks of Billy Barker and his legendary strike on Williams Creek. They think of the town of Barkerville that sprang up and survives to this day as a glimmer of living history.
I grew up with this history. However, The glimmer of history I grew up with had legends like William Luce (aka The Wild Yank), Thomas Hayward, Pat McGovern, Doc Keithley, John A Likely, and Au Tom
These were the miners of Yanks Peak, Keithley Creek, Bullion Pit, Quesnel Forks and the lost Chinaman Mine.
The Bullion Pit was the largest hydraulic mine in the world in the early 1900's, Moorhead lake was created to be a reservoir. This mine in the span of a decade hydraulic 220 million tons of material into the Quesnel river. This is just down stream of the Mount Polley spill of 5 million tons in 2014.
Likely was once known as Quesnel Dam...yes, as I understand it, there was a dam across the river. It could hold the water back just long enough for people at Quesnel forks to load their baskets with nuggets from the dry river bed.
William Luce (the wild yank) of Little Snowshoe Mountain Later known as Yanks Peak was a successful miner and owned a road house on Little Snowshoe Creek. The summer road to Barkerville was over the meadows. That old road still exists today
The Lost Chinaman mine is said to be north of kangaroo Gulch. Quite a story of a man who struck it rich and then "looked till the end of his days" to find the mine that he had made his fortune.
The story of murderers gulch and the buried gold is still out there...
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