We have been traveling on the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail. We did a bit of research to learn more about this. The Cariboo Wagon Road marks the road traveled by would-be prospectors who traveled here, in the early 1860s, in search of gold, during the Cariboo Gold Rush. The Cariboo Gold Rush Road was built, as a safer route, to replace a mule trail along dangerous cliffs that was traveled by would be prospectors.
Another interesting bit of historical information relates to “roadhouses” that were built along the Cariboo Wagon Road to service travelers. Quite a few of the small towns we passed through today originated as “roadhouses,” like the town of “150 Mile House.” The name of the town communicates to travelers how far the town is from the town of Chilcotin. (150 miles)
Many ponds and lakes, (Lac La Hache, Williams and McLeese) nestled among waste green forests, line the highway. We saw Canadian geese, ducks, a beaver dam and cattails.
We ventured off the highway into the town of Williams Lake (“The Mural Capital of the Cariboo Chilcotin Region”) in search of murals painted on the exterior of buildings in downtown. The eighteen large murals tell the story of the community in the past, present and future. (See our photo. Connie and I had fun photographing ourselves as part of the murals.)
This region of British Columbia is rich in history of the gold rush and exploratory expeditions from the early 1800s. The Fraser River that we have been following was named after Simon Fraser, a fur trader and explorer who charted the region and established the areas first trading posts.
We are overnighting in Prince George, originally a post, Fort George, established by Simon Fraser and named after King George of Great Britain, the reigning monarch at the time.
This has been an amazing trip and we are still have three more weeks to go!