The Gold Miners - Quesnel, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 52° 58.556 W 122° 29.910
10U E 533674 N 5869710
Quick Description: Part of the story of how Quesnel came into existence is revealed on this relatively nondescript little historical marker.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/29/2019 2:05:35 PM
Waymark Code: WM10W10
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
Views: 1

Long Description:
Along Riverfront Trail and just north of the WORLD'S LONGEST Wood Truss Pedestrian Bridge, this is just one of several heaping handfuls of historical markers strewn about the historical town of Quesnel.

The markers come in several different sizes and styles, this one being one of the smaller wood framed markers found primarily in the downtown area near the walking bridge and along Riverfront Trail.

THE GOLD MINERS

Benjamin McDonald of Prince Edward Island Canada, one of 10,000 Fraser River miners, was among the first to reach the site of Quesnel in March 1859. He and others prospected upstream for 60 miles to the rich deposits of gold at Quesnelle Forks in 1859, Keithley and Antler Creeks in 1860 and Williams Creek in 1861.

Established in 1863, Quesnellemouth soon became the supply centre for several north gold rushes, Omineca in 1869/70 Cassiar in 1870 and the Klondike in 1898.

During the 1930's depression hundreds of unemployed men eked out a living mining the fine Fraser River gold near Quesnel, to the profit of local merchants.

In 1933, while other centres suffered, Quesnel enjoyed an economic boom resulting from the development of the Cariboo Quartz Gold mine and the town of Wells, 50 miles east.

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Type of Marker: Cultural

Type of Sign: Historic Site or Building Marker

Describe the parking that is available nearby: Park on the street or in a nearby lot ad walk to the marker

What Agency placed the marker?: City of Quesnel

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