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Richfield

BC Archives: A-04046
Richfield Jail
BC Archives: A-04046

The town of Richfield was born in 1862, named for the rich gold claim found at that part of Williams Creek by a miner named Bill Cunningham.

BC Archives: C-09566
Richfield Jail
(BC Archives: C-09566)

Soon people came from all around and built several saloons, a jail, a courthouse, and the St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church.

Richfield was like a modern day banking town which included a branch of the Bank of British Columbia and the Bank of British North America, a French hotel, an express office, a post office, and various stores.

Matthew Begbie, the "Hanging Judge", travelled throughout the Cariboo maintaining the law, and had his own log cabin in Richfield.
BC 	Archives: D-03817
Residence of Judge Begbie
Richfield BC Archives:D-03817

The local gold diggings proved to be shallow, and most soon gave out (though Walkers Gulch was still being mined as late as 1922). In the end not many miners got rich in Richfield, and they soon left for more promising places - like nearby Barkerville. The banks and many of the shopkeepers and government people followed.
(BC Archives: A-00371)
Richfield's Bank of B.C.
(BC Archives: A-00371)
(BC Archives: A-04046)
Richfield
(BC Archives: A-04046)
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Richfield
(BC Archives: A-04047)
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Government Buildings in
Richfield
(BC Archives: A-04286)
(BC Archives: A-05968)
Richfield
(BC Archives: A-05968)
(BC Archives: C-04439)
Richfield Courthouse
(BC Archives: C-04439)
(BC Archives: C-09763)
Jail and Courthouse at
Richfield, 1885
(BC Archives: C-09763)
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Richfield
(BC Archives: G-00795)

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