Sunday, March 4, 2012

MVS – Have a Historical Sunday!

1862 - The Official Account of Gold Discovery in Cherry Creek

In July 1986, a previously unknown linen tracing of a map was found in the Surveyors General’s office in Victoria. The linen map had been lost for nearly a century and the discovery moved researcher Robert L. de Pfyffer to compile the intricate information found on the map and then place it into context using other available historical information including land records and government reports.

His work was titled, Trails: Found - Cox’s Map of 1862. The story is driven by the discovery that Governor Douglas ordered W.G. Cox to mark a Government Reserve that was ten miles square or 100 square miles in order to claim land for the beginning of a road east to the Columbia River. Cox placed the claim post in what is now Coldstream.

This story provides great details about the Cox expedition into the Monashee in 1862. It also describes in detail who discovered gold in Cherry Creek, and how the gold rush started.

Follow the Cox journey through what is now Lumby to the Shuswap and all the way to Railroad Creek.

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