In 1858, he became the first Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, in order to assert British authority during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, which had the potential for annexation of the B.C. Mainland into an American state. He remained governor of both Vancouver Island and British Columbia until his retirement in 1864. He is often credited as "The Father of British Columbia".

DOUGLAS, Sir JAMES, HBC officer and governor of Vancouver Island and of the crown colony of British Columbia;

Yale-Cariboo wagon road just above suspension bridge in the Black Canyon of the Fraser River.

Yale-Cariboo wagon road just above suspension bridge in the Black Canyon of the Fraser River.

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The town was named Barkerville after the region’s first, and most successful miner.

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cariboo road;Ascent up Jackass Mountain

The wagon road reached its steepest grade at Jackass Mountain. This highway was built in the Fraser Canyon by the Royal Engineers.

Billy Barker,an English prospector famous for being one of the first to find a large amount of gold. Also the founder of Barkerville,which is now a historic town. Although he struck it rich,he died penniless,and was buried in a pauper's grave in Victoria,in 1894.

Billy Barker,an English prospector famous for being one of the first to find a large amount of gold. Also the founder of Barkerville,which is now a historic town. Although he struck it rich,he died penniless,and was buried in a pauper's grave in Victoria,in 1894.

Prospectors placer mining for gold in the Cariboo

the instability of the cariboo wagon road

Hangman's Tree in Lillooet on the Fraser River, Gold Country, Cariboo, British Columbia Hangman's Tree in Lillooet, Fraser River, Gold Country, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada. Hangman's Tree, located on the benchland overlooking Lillooet, was allegedly used as a gallows during the 1880s gold rush by the hanging judge, Sir Mathew Baillie Begbie. The tree was later cut down and is now lying on its side.

Hangman's Tree in Lillooet on the Fraser River, Gold Country, Cariboo, British Columbia Hangman's Tree in Lillooet, Fraser River, Gold Country, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada. Hangman's Tree, located on the benchland overlooking Lillooet, was allegedly used as a gallows during the 1880s gold rush by the hanging judge, Sir Mathew Baillie Begbie. The tree was later cut down and is now lying on its side.

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