LIKELY, pop 375, located 94 km east of WILLIAMS LAKE where the Quesnel R enters QUESNEL LK, was a GOLD mining camp named for John Likely (1842–1929), a prospector with a taste for philosophy. During the 1920s he lectured his fellow miners on the fine points of the philosophy of Plato and Socrates. The nearby Bullion Pit mine (1892–1942) left a crater 3 km long, washed out by hydraulic operations; it is considered the world's largest gold MINING pit. Another minor GOLD RUSH occurred during...

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