Academic journal article Alberta History

The Overlanders of 1862

Academic journal article Alberta History

The Overlanders of 1862

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During the winter of 1861-62, word was spread about the discovery of gold in the Cariboo area of British Columbia. Soon, gold seekers flocked to the region, some coming up the coast from California, and others travelling across the prairies through Red River, Fort Edmonton, and the Yellowhead Pass. The latter were known as the Overlanders of 1862.

One of these was a party made up of Thomas McMicking (see Alberta Historical Review, Summer 1966) drawn mostly of men from St. Catharines and other parts of Ontario. They left St. Catharines on April 23, 1862 and travelled by railway and steamer to St. Paul, Minnesota. From there they went overland to Fort Garry where they bought carts and horses for their westward journey. They started out with 132 men, one woman, and three children and by the time they arrived at Fort Edmonton they had added another fourteen men to their number.

One of their party was William Hind, of Toronto, who had come from England in 1851 to become drawing master at Toronto Normal School. He had travelled with his older brother, Henry Youle Hind, who was a well known explorer and had a taste for adventure. …

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