$2.4 million for Barkerville

Barkerville receives $2.4 millio to support its heritage operation

Premier Christy Clark announced $2.4 million to support Barkerville’s operations as Western North America’s largest historic site June 13.

 

The funding is part of $21 million over three years announced as part of Budget 2012 for the 11 provincial heritage properties, and provides support for both operations and maintenance of the sites.

 

This year, Barkerville is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Cariboo Gold Rush. In 1862, Billy Barker found gold at Williams Creek, a discovery that brought more than 100,000 people to the Cariboo between 1862 and 1870 to seek their fortune.

 

In the 1860s, Barkerville was the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco and was instrumental in the founding of the Colony of

 

British Columbia.

 

Visit Barkerville this summer at www.barkerville.ca.

 

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