Dewdney Trail

DEWDNEY TRAIL, 576 km long, was built from 1860 to 1865 across southern BC to provide access to GOLD mining areas. It was named for Edgar DEWDNEY, the engineer in charge of the project. The original portion of the trail, completed in 1861, ran from HOPE to PRINCETON and the SIMILKAMEEN R. In 1861 it was extended as far as ROCK CRK; in 1865 it reached WILD HORSE CRK, a tributary of the KOOTENAY R, near the present FORT STEELE. By this time the goldfields were played out, however, and the eastern...

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