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Barkerville

Barkerville, once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago, was situated on the western edge of the Cariboo Mountains. It was likely named after Billy Barker from Cambridgeshire, England, who was among those who first struck gold at the location in 1861, and whose claim was the richest and most famous. Barkerville grew up almost overnight, and was a case of "growth via word of mouth". Barkerville grew as fast as word of Barker's strike spread. His claim would eventually yield 37,500 ounces](1,065 kg/2,350 lb) of gold.
Before the construction of the Cariboo Wagon Road, people hauled their own supplies to Barkerville, either on their backs or in a pack train. Because supplies were scarce, the prices of even the most everyday items were extremely high. High prices for goods in Barkerville did not ease up until the Cariboo Road had been finished, when goods could be transported by huge freight wagons.
On September 16, 1868, Barkerville was destroyed by a fire that spread quickly through the wooden buildings. Rebuilding began immediately, and at an impressive pace. Within six weeks, ninety buildings had been rebuilt. Boardwalks were improved and the narrow and winding main street was widened and straightened. By 1880, there were enough children in the area to build the Barkerville School. It had just thirteen pupils and one piece of school equipment - a chalkboard. Even so, Barkerville's population was declining by the end of the century and it eventually became a ghost town. It did, however, have a small revival in the 1930s, when the Great Depression caused widespread unemployment, and the price of gold skyrocketed. But as the depression turned for the better, Barkerville fell back into an abandoned state.
In 1958, the government of British Columbia decided that the town should be restored and operated as a tourist attraction. Today, Barkerville appears as it did in its heyday, and visitors can step back in time and marvel at its past. Barkerville Historic Town now greets visitors from all over Canada and other parts of the world, including thousands of students. The history of each building has been meticulously researched and documented. No actual residents remain. They were either bought out or moved during the restoration of the site.
Because of the history and old feel to these images I have decided to process most of the images in sepia.
Barkerville Blacksmith
Barkerville Blacksmith
Lady in Green
Lady in Green
Old cabin and Buckboard
Old cabin and Buckboard
The Apothecary
The Apothecary
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home
Time worn and forgotten
Time worn and forgotten
School Room 1872
School Room 1872
Preparing for the winter cold
Preparing for the winter cold
Church Door
Church Door
Called to the Bar
"Called to the Bar"
She walks in beauty
She walks in beauty
St Saviour's Church Inside
St Saviour's Church Inside
St Saviour's Church
St Saviour's Church
B.C.Express StageCoach
B.C.Express StageCoach
Lady of fashion at the time
Lady of fashion at the time
Log Cabin
Log Cabin
Pickup on Main Street
Pickup on Main Street
Panning for Gold.
Panning for Gold.