Index of Roadhouses
First Nations Gallery
Women in the Cariboo
Cornwallis was a traveler who had spent some time in Australia before he came to B.C. to see if the reports he had heard about the riches to be made were true. He published a book in 1858 which had highly accurate maps of where gold was likely to be found; rich claims were staked at nearly all of the sites he mentioned.
Read some excerpts from his book, The New El Dorado; or, British Columbia:
Chapter 18: Our Ascent of the Frazer.
Chapter 19: Our Bivouac Beyond the "Forks."
Chapter 20: The El Dorado.
Chapter 21: A Cold Chop and a Hot Steak.
A civil engineer, Moberly explored the Fraser River searching for a route for a transcontinental railroad he was proposing. Read his speech, "History of Cariboo Wagon Road" in its entirety.
Introduction, and an anecdote
Meeting with Gov. Douglas
Firms building the Cariboo Road
Celebration with Chinese workers
An Aboriginal tragedy
A warrant for his arrest