Union Bar
Union Bar, one of the many bars situated along the Fraser River, was located about 4 km north of Hope.
According to this despatch, Union Bar was rich with silver lead, a number of tons of which were sent to New Westminster for a quality assessment. Considerable gold was also discovered at Union Bar;1 Bancroft notes that 20 men earned $4 to $5 a day.2
The Fort Yale, a sternwheeler, forced its way through a rough stretch of the Fraser at Union Bar in April, 1861; its boiler exploded, leaving four dead and two missing.3
  • 1. Hubert Howe Bancroft, The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, vol. 32, History of British Columbia 1792-1887 (San Francisco: The History Company, 1887), 441.
  • 2. Ibid., 444.
  • 3. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Chronicle, 1847-1871 (Victoria: Discovery Press, 1977), 218.
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Fraser River


New Westminster

The Colonial Despatches Team. Union Bar. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/union_bar.html.

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