THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Billy Barker And Barkerville
In 1862 a man by the name of Bill
Barker went mining for gold on Williams Creek in the Cariboo region of British
of the surface gold in the creek had been picked clean but Billy dug and dug and
dug until he reached a depth of 42 feet at which point he found some gold and as
it turned out he hit the richest strike ever up till that point.
Billy went to spend the winter in Victoria and when he
returned to do some more mining he found a town had sprung up and coincidentally
it was named Barkerville.
Barkerville flourished, it became the largest town in Western Canada as well
as the largest town west of Chicago and North of San Francisco.
In 1868 a fire claimed almost the entire town, but it
was rebuilt and gold mining went on.
Eventually the gold was harder and harder to get at and
Barkerville went into a decline but thanks a few determined Barkervillians that
stayed throughout the years Barkerville was spared from officially becoming a
Barkerville was made a BC Heritage site and the last of the residents left in
1979, but Barkerville was once again spared 'ghost town' status as it grew to a
major tourist attraction and still is today.
Page Sponsored By:
Pictures of Ghost Towns