Thursday, October 04, 2007

Richfield Courthouse, Near Barkerville, British Columbia

I took these photographs of the Richfield Courthouse, a short wagon ride outside of Historic Barkerville, B.C. In the 1860s, Barkerville was the largest city in British Columbia with a population of about 10,000 people, from all over the world, brought together by one thing: gold. Now few British Columbians can locate Barkerville on a map (its near Quesnel).

During the summers, Barkerville is an amazing place, with actors portraying life in the late nineteenth century, in a humourous, and educational manner. It is great for children as well as adults. This summer, at the Richfield Courthouse, Timothy Sutherland played the role of British Columbia's first Chief Judge, Matthew Baillie Begbie. Dirk Van Stralen played the role of Judge Peter O'Reilly. (I got their permission to post their pictures, but alas, the pictures did not turn out.)

The small child crouching in the entrance to the Courthouse is my son Thomas.

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