The Kootenais Mines: 0051.0004

THE KOOTANAIS MINES. – The following extract from correspondence to the Columbian, dated Rock creek, May 27th, confirms the exciting news lately published in the Colonist in regard to the Kootenais mines:

            “I arrived from Colville a few days since.  During my short sojourn at that place I heard nothing spoken of but Kootani.  There were a thousand and one rumors in regard to that country of untold wealth, etc., etc., but I could trace none of the rumors to any authentic source.  Nearly every one that could get away from Colville has gone to the Kootani, and those that remain are only waiting to hear from their friends who have gone before them before packing up their effects to make a start.  Hundreds have left Walla Walla and the Columbia river for that country.  In fact the Kootani is all the rage over this way, and I find that many of the old stagers of Fraser river and Cariboo have been seized with the Kootani fever, and I have noticed many en route for those new mines who passed this place.

            The people of Colville have constructed a new trail from this place to the Kootani, shortening the distance some 200 miles.  Nearly all of the new road passes through British territory.  The people of Colville certainly deserve great credit for their enterprise in opening a trail through a foreign territory, without any assistance from the Government.  Excuse me for my digression, but while I am on the subject of trails and roads I have a few suggestions to make which materially interest the citizens of your thriving town, and more particularly the inhabitants of Fort Hope.  It is a matter of very great importance to persons who contemplate visiting the Kootani mines to ascertain the shortest, best and most feasible routes to that country.  To such persons (provided they start from any point on the Sound, W.T., Victoria, New Westminster, Douglas or Yale) I would say, go to Hope, B.C., thence via Similkameen, Soegoos Lake and Rock Creek to Colville; thence by the new trail from Colville to the Kootanais.  The trail, with the exception of that portion which lies between Hope and Similkameen, is a good one, with plenty of grass for animals and with an abundance of good water and wood.  I understand the Legislature of British Columbia have appropriated the sum of $5,000 for the improvement of the Hope road.  If such is the fact the road can be – if the money is judiciously expended – put in good order.”

0051.0004: The Kootenais Mines

Article with letter from Rock Creek confirming exciting news about Kootenay mines. Lots of information regarding trails to Kootenay.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  June 20, 1864
Pages:  3
Publisher:  Victoria Daily Colonist
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0051)


Soegoos Lake


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