First Non-Aboriginal Settlements - Ashcroft, British Columbia
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N 50° 43.202 W 121° 16.817
10U E 621392 N 5620102
The First Non-Aboriginal Settlements BCHM is located in Heritage Place Park on Railway Avenue near 6th Street. T
Waymark Code: WM14442
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 04/10/2021
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Ashcroft is in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and was originally inhabited by Indigenous people (First Nations) for centuries long before the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1860s that brought an influx of Europeans to the area. Their struggle for land rights and the preservation of their nomadic lifestyle was slowly slipping away.

Ashcroft is rich in history beginning with Indigenous people for centuries. The Cariboo Gold Rush and the arrival of gold seekers from Europe, Ashcroft became one the first settlements in the area. The arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s, Ashcroft became Mile “O” on the road to the goldfields. Freight and mining supplies off-loaded from the train, made their way north to the Cariboo Gold fields by stagecoach, freight wagon, and sleighs in the winter. With the influx of people business grew, and by 1887, the BC Express Company (a stagecoach line in Yale) had relocated to Ashcroft, where it stayed for 35 years.

First Non-Aboriginal Settlements

The Fraser River Gold Rush or 1858, The Cariboo Gold Rush of 1862 lured many men north in hope of striking it rich, Among these men are J,C, Barnes and F,W. Brink, who give up a career in packing freight to the gold fields and settled in the area that later becomes Ashcroft.
Type of Marker: Cultural

Type of Sign: British Columbia Tourism Sign

Describe the parking that is available nearby: Railway Avenue entrance to the park.

What Agency placed the marker?: Ashcroft Beautification Program

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