Fred Wells holding gold bricks,
Gold! Say these words or even whisper them and you can get a crowd of
people on their feet shouting and stomping in seconds. This is a story
of gold and how it formed a town and community called Wells. When the
words Gold Rush and Cariboo are spoken, most people think
of Barkerville and it's mining for gold of the late nineteenth century.
But you are about to learn about another important gold rush in the
View of the Cariboo Gold Quartz
Mine on Cow Mountain, PABC 9674
of Wells, like it's famous neighbour Barkerville, was built around the
discovery of gold. In the late 1920's, long after the height of the
first Cariboo Gold Rush had died down, a man named Fred Wells came to
the Cariboo prospecting for his riches. Fred found gold inside Cow Mountain
at the base of Wells, and helped form one of two large companies and
the hard rock mining gold rush in Wells British Columbia. Over a 34
year period one of the companies, the Cariboo Gold Quartz took over
thirty one MILLION dollars of gold out of the ground!
Looking down Pooley Street
towards Island Mountain Mine, wpH46
rush was significant for a number of reasons, including the boost to
the economy of British Columbia during a time when the rest of the province
and country was in a major depression, the beginning of the hard rock
mining process as a vital industry in B.C., and the formation of the
unique town and community of Wells.
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