June 23, 1864: There was a ball being held tonight, but I dare not go – the temptation to dance is so great. I long to be out of these miner’s clothes. Mr. York keeps telling me how well and independent I look. I feel neither.
CLINTON GATEWAY TO THE CARIBOO
“You should see him sprintin’/to the ball at Clinton,/teaming up the Cariboo Road…”
As the songs says, Clinton was the place to be during the gold rush. At the junction of the the Cariboo Trail from Lillooet and the Cariboo Road from the Fraser Canyon, Clinton was the gateway to the gold fields beyond. People still sprint into town for the famous Annual Ball, held every year since 1868.