John Clapperton, Laird of the Nicola

John Thomas Wilson Clapperton was one of British Columbia’s more colourful pioneers. Born in Marlborough, Ireland in 1835 of Scottish parents, he boarded a ship from Southampton, England to Victoria in 1862 alongside many adventurous argonauts, who were heading to the Fraser River and onward to the Cariboo goldfields. After four years, he didn’t find …

Arnold Friberg

Recruiting Imagery To our American neighbours, Arnold Friberg is best known for his painting, The Prayer at Valley Forge — the haunting image of Washington praying in the bitter cold and snow during the Revolutionary War. To Canadians, he is the man that made the Royal Canadian Mounted Police the sexiest police force in the …

Jesus Garcia

Packer, rancher & Hall of Famer Jesus Garcia was part of the first wave of Spanish-speaking immigrants to travel from the California gold fields to the gravel bars of the Fraser River during the early 1860s. Born in Hermosillo in the state of Sonora, Mexico in 1832, Jesus Garcia left his home at 13 to …

The Death of Cattle Kate

Canadian woman turned Wyoming homesteader Ellen “Ella” Liddy Watson, was later lynched by Wyoming Stock Growers Association members. Says historian Daryl Drew; “This photo appears to me as a hurried joke shot. The throatlatch is undone, there’s no saddle and she’s barefoot and in a nightgown and nightcap.” This innocent image was used to discredit …