ASHCROFT, village, pop 1,664 (2006), overlooks the THOMPSON R 8 km south of CACHE CREEK. The settlement was known by several names until 1884, when the CPR arrived; it then became Ashcroft. After a bridge was built across the river in 1886 and the BC EXPRESS CO made headquarters here in 1887, it became the "Gateway to the CARIBOO." A disastrous fire in 1916 and the extension of the Pacific Great Eastern Rwy (see BC RAIL) to QUESNEL in 1919 brought hard times. Ashcroft was incorporated as a...

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