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Granite City

"Gold was first discovered on Granite Creek [British Columbia] during the time when prospectors were rushing North to the Interior of B.C. around 1858. The area was considered low grade, abandoned by the White miners, and mined by the Chinese for the next 25 years. You can still see the “tailings” or piles of rock the Chinese moved by hand to get to the gold between the Granite Creek Campground and the junction of Granite Creek and the Tulameen River. In July of 1885, a major gold strike occurred, and by the end of the year, Granite Creek had grown to over 2,000 people, mostly miners looking for their “bonanza”. By 1886, there were 40 houses, six saloons, seven stores, and several hotels, and it was reported to be the third largest community in B.C., if not in size, certainly in stature. That year, gold production reached its peak with $193,000 reported, but undoubtedly it was much higher. There was a lot of platinum mixed in with the gold, and to the early prospectors it was an annoyance because it couldn’t be separated from the gold by panning. They called it “white iron” and threw hundreds of pounds of it back into the river, to be covered up by tailings, although eventually its worth became known, and the miners hoarded it. There is a legend that a Scandinavian prospector named Johanssen collected 25 pounds of platinum and buried it in a bucket near his cabin at Granite Creek."
[Cited: Mozey-On-Inn]

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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:Canada
Keywords:2012, 4-Nov-12, A, British Columbia, Canada, Granite City, It's, Jeep, RDOS, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Thing

Granite City