By Thomas McMicking

Spurred on by way of studies of gold within the Cariboo, adventurers from worldwide descended on British Columbia within the mid-1800s. between them have been formidable easterners who approved the problem of the shorter yet extra onerous overland course around the prairies and the Rockies. One such guy made up our minds to discover his fortune within the West used to be Thomas McMicking -- destined to steer the biggest and most sensible prepared staff of 'Overlanders' into British Columbia. His list in their epic trip is a necessary ancient rfile that possesses the common attraction of an experience tale. McMicking offers a bright snapshot of the hardships of the overland path, the risks, either genuine and imagined -- just like the it appears threatening Plains Indians who became out to be 'our most sensible associates' -- proof approximately vital officers and settlements, and clinical observations of the actual atmosphere. yet this is often additionally a really human rfile that describes a trip of self- discovery revealing a delicate man's come upon with a bountiful and gorgeous but opposed and alien land.

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T. McMicking, of the Queenston party, was then chosen Captain, and the different parties were represented on the Committee as follows: Queenston, Mr. G. Thompson; St. Thomas, Mr. Hutchinson; Huntingdon, Mr. Wattie; Ottawa, Mr. Jos. Halfpenny [Halpenny]; Toronto, Mr. Wallace; Montreal, Mr. Morrow; Ogdensburg, Mr. T. Phillips; Acton, Mr. Fortune; Whitby, Mr. Simpson; Waterloo, Mr. Broklebank; Scarborough, Mr. Hough; London, Mr. Urlin, and Goderich, Mr. C. 22 These matters having been arranged, it was ordered that the largest party should take the lead in the train and that the remaining parties should follow in the order of their size, that the following day thfe leading party should go to the rear, the second party leading, and so on in rotation until each party had its turn on the lead.

C. November 10th, 1862 DEAR SIR, Since the rich discoveries of gold in this Country have invested every thing and every place near it with new interest, and have turned the attention of the Eastern World to consider the easiest, quickest and cheapest road for reaching it, a description of the Overland Route, as we found it, may not be uninteresting to your readers here, and through your exchanges to the people of the East. I purpose then, with your permission, to give through your columns a few particulars of our journey, together with a description of the country through which we passed, the difficulties we overcame, the dangers we escaped, the losses we sustained and other matters connected with the route.

We set only two watches during the night, waked the camp at half past 2 o'clock, started at 3 One of the Ills Overland from Canada 15 without breakfast, drove till 5, halted 2 hours to feed our animals and breakfast, started again at 7 and drove till 11, when we halted for dinner, making 10 hours a day as before, but [the drive] was performed apparently with much greater ease. Our average rate of travelling was about two and a half miles per hour. On Friday the 6th we stopped for dinner at Prairie Portage [Portage la Prairie], a trading station of the Hudson Bay Company, and camped for the night at a small lake.

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