July 28: This is a wild place! Miners simply throw their money away at the tables like it was water. I have never seen so much gold in one spot. If George has squandered such a fortune, I don’t know what I’ll do – if I find him.
STANLEY RESTING PLACE OF CARIBOO CHARACTERS
Stanley was named after Edward Stanley, Early of Derby and Colonial Secretary (his brother, Baron Stanley, was the Governor-General of Canada who lent his name to Vancouver’s Stanley Park). Once crammed with saloons that saw some of the millions of dollars worth of gold that flowed out of nearby claims, all that remains today is the cemetery. It’s worth the visit: here lay some of the Cariboo’s characters, like Josiah Beedy, a partner in the famed BX Express, who brought in the first “road steamers” to brave the Cariboo Road — with disastrous results.
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