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Monday, June 9, 2014

Yale, BC and Strawberry Festival

8 June 2014

After visiting Hope we drove to Yale which is 15 minutes north to find a marker for Fort Yale which was a HBC post established in 1848. Only a marker remains. The annual Strawberry Festival was today featuring musket firings, a cookout, displays of the pioneers and delicious strawberry shortcake.
Welcome Sign

Plaque about the HBC and Fort
Another Fort Marker
Musket Firing Demostration

Tent Display Area

Ladies Serving Strawberry Shortcake

Yum,This is Delicious


Yale was once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. In 1858 it had a population of 30,000 during the gold rush and with the construction of the Caribou Wagon Road in the 1860's, it became the terminus for one of the largest sternwheeler routes in NA and continued to grow with the building of the CP railroad in the 1880's. Today only a few buildings remain.

The Creighton House, now a museum, was built in 1870 and one of the oldest churches in BC,St John the Divine was built in 1863 and houses the original altar pieces. It is now used for ceremonies.
Signage About Creighton House

Creighton House and Museum

St John the Divine Church

There is a Plaque and Monument dedicated the Chinese railroad workers.They were paid a dollar a day, half of what the Canadians earned. Many died from illness and poor living conditions.
Plaque Dedicated to Chinese Railroad Workers


We returned back to Hope in order to visit the Othello Tunnels.

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