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A portion of the Cariboo Road, circa 18671868

The Cariboo Road (also called the Cariboo Wagon Road, the Great North Road or the Queen's Highway) was a project initiated in 1862 by the colonial Governor of British Columbia, James Douglas. It was a feat of engineering stretching from Fort Yale to Barkerville through extremely hazardous canyon territory in the interior of B.C. The road was a reaction to the high concentration of gold in the Cariboo region and the dangerous "mule trail", which was a rough-hewn cliff-side trail wide enough only for one mule that ran along the approximate route of Cariboo road. In order to lower supply costs to the settlers in the Cariboo region, Douglas ordered the construction of a more viable and safe form of transportation to the gold mining settlements. It cost nearly one and a quarter million dollars, but only created a debt of £112,780. It saw the transportation of over six and a half million dollars worth of gold. Originally Douglas wanted to stretch the Road to Edmonton, an early vision of the Trans-Canada Highway, but this plan was abandoned when Douglas retired. 1867 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1868 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1862 - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Splendour without diminishment) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Area 944,735 km² (5th)  - Land 925,186 km²  - Water 19,549 km² (2. ... Sir James Douglas, son of a Scotish father and Creole mother, was born in 1803. ... Front Street, Yale, British Columbia circa 1882 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. ... The Cariboo is a region of British Columbia along a plateau stretching from the Fraser Canyon to the Cariboo Mountains. ... {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Industry Integrity Progress City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Location. ... Example of Trans-Canada Highway marker shield. ...


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Cariboo Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (415 words)
The Cariboo Road (also called the Cariboo Wagon Road, the Great North Road or the Queen's Highway) was a project initiated in 1862 by the colonial Governor of British Columbia, James Douglas.
The name Cariboo Road is also informally applied to a toll-road built by contractor Gustavus von Blint from Lillooet to Alexandria when the Lakes Route from Port Douglas to Lillooet had not yet been superseded by the Fraser Canyon route of the Cariboo Wagon Road proper.
The mile-house names in the Cariboo are derived from measurements taken from the Mile '0' of this road, which is in the bend in the Main Street of Lillooet and commemorated there by a cairn erected in the 1958 Centennial Year.
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