DERBY was named for the 14th Earl of Derby, Edward Stanley, prime minister of England. It was the original site of FORT LANGLEY, on the south bank of the FRASER R. Construction began in 1827 and the post remained here until it was moved to a more convenient location 5 km away in 1839. In 1858 Gov James DOUGLAS designated Derby as the capital of the new colony of British Columbia. The ROYAL ENGINEERS began building log barracks and land parcels were sold at public auction. Early in 1859 Richard...

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