The Land on Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake

The Land on Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake

by Barbara MacPherson


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The Land on Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake by Barbara MacPherson

Legendary tales of pioneers and adventurers cultivating BC's Cariboo Plateau in between the 19th and 20th century.
The romantic backwoods landscape known as the North Bonaparte, stretches east from 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake and is full of small remote ranches, hidden abandoned homesteads, and rutted roads leading to graves in forgotten meadows. High on the Cariboo Plateau, the land was once the domain of the Secwepemc people who hunted and fished throughout the region. White settlers began to arrive in 1891 and discovered the land they chose was tough and challenging. Winters were long with frost in July and September, the soil was inhospitable, the location remote from any amenities. Those who made it their home had to be tough, resourceful and resilient in order to thrive. This is the story of those people: colourful, hard-working, hard-playing individualists. Tales of well-known pioneers such as Bill and Mary Boyd and the Saul brothers of the 70 Mile House, the McDonald family of THE RAINBOW CHASERS, and Jack Dubois, the famous rustler and horse breeder of OUTLAWS OF WESTERN CANADA are among those included in the book. Barbara MacPherson's THE LAND ON WHICH WE LIVE fully captures a life that depended on tenacity, skillfulness, and on the kindness and help of neighbours and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987915365
Publisher: Caitlin Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Barbara MacPherson spent several years as a child in Bridge Lake and has since lived in many places in British Columbia. Combining her passion for social history and genealogy with her love of the Cariboo, she began a four-year project of researching, studying, and writing about the lives of the those who came to the region of Bridge Lake to 70 Mile House during the years 1871 to 1959. A founding member of the Arrow Lakes Historical Society, she co-wrote the prizewinning FACES OF THE PAST (Arrow Lakes Historical Society) with Milton Parent. MacPherson is freelance writer in many subjects and has been writing and publishing stories for over thirty years. She lives in Nakusp with her family.

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Caroline Woodward

“A treasure trove of early photographs, painstaking research and most of all, marvelous accounts of feckless wanderers and resolute settlers, roadhouse operators, and ranchers in the South Cariboo–tough cookies, bad apples and flashy dudes included! This well-written book shows how luck, land and the climate, good but often bad, solid homesteading skills or a complete lack of them, and the kindness and generosity among neighbours shaped all who lived here, for just a few years or for generations.”
Caroline Woodward, author ofLight Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper

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