Welcome to The GCPS ARCHIVE. This is your gateway to the biggest on-line repository of historical documents, pictures, and general information relating to the history of Granite Creek British Columbia.
new Joe Delprato Cabin
Miner and violinist, Joseph Delprato built a cabin in the hills above Coalmont, B.C. After poor health forced him to move to Coalmont, Joe's cabin was maintained by a line of prospectors who came after him. For those who can't visit the historic site, members of the Granite Creek Preservation Society have photographed the cabin and surrounding area. Those photos, together with an article telling us who Joe Delprato was, can be found here.
Hugh Hunter talks about coming to Granite Creek in January, 1886 - before there was any Princeton. Learn how Emma Woodward came to the area and married Foxcrowle Percival Cook of Granite Creek in 1892. Having been gold mining in Australia, New Zealand, and the western states, Thomas Murphy arrived in the rush only a few months after gold was discovered in 1885.
Jessie Hunter gives us great insight in her 1898 letter home. We learn about daily life in Granite, and there is much humour too. She says: "Hugh has started cleaning his little rifle - got a rag stuck in it and has now employment in trying to pick it out. It is a very useful article indeed and I can load it and unload it too."
See what the Wallace Hotel and Cook's store looked like in 1888. There's also Frenchy's cabin. One of the most interesting is a picture provided by Barrie Cook which was taken after the fire. It is wonderfully detailed and also shows a very early Coalmont in the background.
There were hundreds of Chinese miners, but they were not treated well so there is a lack of documentation. Nevertheless we have a list of Chinese prospectors, companies, and the Canadian Census. The Ah Ho Larceny Case is probably typical of the social environment that Chinese people had to endure at the time.
Gold production 1885-1945, voter's lists, and Census Canada records from various years, are excellent sources for serious study. The Granite Creek land title files, excerpts from 1922-1953, are also intriguing because they contain detailed information about "The Four Bills".
Newspapers - Books - Articles
The fire of 1907 and the 1995 announcement that "the Government buys Granite Creek" are interesting, as is the collection of obituaries. But the Nichola Valley News carried a story in 1910 about Granite getting a coal mining camp which you will definitely want to read. You will also find Trout's 1886 Prospectors' Manual and other valuable resources.
Additional Archive Web Pages
The Diaries of Lou G. Hare, with photos and drawings. Pictures of what remained of Granite in 1970 taken by Don Winslow. Some of the surviving artifacts housed at The Princeton Museum. More . . .
We have a cherished video shot by Eric Goodfellow in 1958 at the dedication of the cairn. There are also links to the 3 videos that make up the episode featuring Granite Creek on the old Gold Trails and Ghost Towns TV show.
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