Wells (District) / Jack of Clubs Lake / Jawbone Creek / Klehini River / Lowhee Creek / Van Winkle Creek
    

Phone : (250) 994-3330
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Wells, BC (Nearby: Barkerville, Stanley, Beaver Pass House, Keithley Creek, Pinegrove)

  • Jack of Clubs Lake
  • Jawbone Creek
  • Klehini River
  • Lowhee Creek
  • Van Winkle Creek
  • Wells

4243 Sanders Avenue
Wells, British Columbia
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British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Description From Owner:
  • Jack of Clubs Lake - An item in the Daily British Colonist of 30 July 1861 gives the story of this name:
  • 'a redskin had first struck the new creek and had communicated the discovery to an individual rejoicing in the sporting appelation of Jack-of-clubs.'
  • Louis Le Bourdais (see Le Bourdais Lake) had a story that Jack of Clubs was an Italian gambler so nicknamed because he cut his beard like that of the jack of clubs playing card.
  • Jawbone Creek - 'Jawbone' was a word used in the gold camps for 'credit.' Presumably the prospectors on this creek were particularly adept at persuading others to finance them.
  • Klehini River - From a Tlingit Indian word said to mean 'queen salmon.'
  • Lowhee Creek - Named after a secret society at Yale University by Dick Willoughby, who struck it rich here in 1861.
  • Van Winkle Creek - The name, dating back to 1861, is said to have been taken from a rich Rip Van Winkle Bar on the Fraser, with the hope that the creek would prove rich also.
  • The gold rush settlement of Van Winkle was superseded by nearby Stanley after the rerouting of the highway to Barkerville in 1885.
  • Wells - After Fred M. Wells. In 1932, after ten years of prospecting in the area, Wells discovered the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine.
  • His mine introduced a new era in the history of gold mining in the Cariboo since there had hitherto been little lode mining. The town of Wells, which did not exist before 1932, had a population of 3,000 by 1940.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.


Van Winkle Creek

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