Cataline’s Pack Trail: Part One, Yale to Lytton

Cataline is represented in many places between Yale, Barkerville, Prince George, Hazelton and Prince Rupert. He has a school and street in Williams Lake, many items in various museums in northern BC, hotels and motels; a nice display at Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon, and so much more. A cairn and carved statue in Hazelton where he was buried after 55 years of mule packing. A very rich history.

Hope – only for we cemetery people, you can visit the graves of Annie zetko York and Arthur telxkn Urquhart; two of Catalines’s grandchildren. They are both known in the historical community.

Yale – Beginning in Yale, you can visit the Historic Yale Site where Cataline began his packing career during the Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858.

Spuzzum – Visit the Old Alexandra Bridge; Cataline built my g-g-grandmother Amelia a wood-structure house; photos of which can be seen at one end of the bridge. Eventually it burned down from a fire created by sparks on the roof from the railroad steam engines. The late Bill Barlee dug around there and recovered some of the double-eagle $20 coins that Jean used to give Amelia to care for the children. My relative Ken York inherited two of these coins from Arthur Urquhart. Previously Amelia and Jean lived in the Pithous village by Spuzzum Creek.
As well, cemetery lovers can visit the Spuzzum Indian Cemetery to view the grave of my ancestor Amelia C’eyxkn York who was Cataline’s country wife and mother of his children.

Hells Gate – there is a very nice display of Cataline in the visitor centre.

Lytton – Where Dave Wiggins was born. He was half black and half native. Anecdotal stories tell us he used to tell people he was the first white man born in Lytton.

 

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