LEECHTOWN was a MINING camp on a tributary of the Sooke R, 40 km west of VICTORIA. Peter LEECH, a former ROYAL ENGINEER and member of the VANCOUVER ISLAND EXPLORING EXPEDITION, discovered GOLD on the creek in July 1864, sparking a rush of prospectors to the area. At its peak there were 3 hotels and 30 saloons, but the rush petered out and by 1875 the site was abandoned.

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