Wright, Gustavus Blinn

WRIGHT, Gustavus Blinn, merchant, road builder (b 22 June 1830, Burlington, VT; d 8 Apr 1898, Ainsworth). He arrived in BC from California in 1858 during the FRASER R GOLD RUSH, but instead of prospecting he got involved in the transport business and was soon the most important packer on the DOUGLAS TRAIL. In the 1860s he won contracts to build several sections of the CARIBOO WAGON ROAD and he ran steamboats on both the upper and lower Fraser R (see PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOATS). By the 1880s his...

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