Hi and welcome to bcgoldrushpress.com!

The focus of this blog is the British Columbia gold rush era (1850s to 1870s).  I include my sketches of interesting gold rush characters and biographies as well as other history snippets.  You will also find a few of my creative non-fiction short stories.  Some of the characters are real people from history; however, the dialogue is fictional and no intention is made to misrepresent historical facts.

If you have any comments or feedback, please get in touch.  You can leave a comment here or send me a message by twitter @bcgoldrushpress.


M. Poncelet


6 thoughts on “About

  1. Bob Iofis


    We are trying to find traces of Jacob Davis in Fraser River area around 1858 – 1867.

    Jacob Davis is our ancestor form Latvia.


    I’ve looked and attempted to search the archives, but couldn’t find anything relevant.

    Are there any other sources of data available? Could you please point/connect me with local historians that can help? We are planning a visit to BC in June and we want to come as well prepared as possible.

    Best regards,

    Bob Iofis

    San Jose, California

  2. K

    Hello M. Poncelet,
    I (along with a couple of other people) lead a group of students on part of the historical Cariboo Wagon-Road Gold Rush Trail, and I would love to share some of the stories I’ve read on your blog about the food they ate, and reaching Tenas Lake. I was wondering if you would mind me using a couple of your stories, so that I can share them around the campfire?
    Thanks for your consideration in this,

  3. Patrick Dodds

    First, thanks for your site and your work. Your book list is comprehensive. However I was wondering if you might recommend a few of what you might consider the best books for readers who want a good – and if possible fairly detailed- summary of the entire BC gold rush. Not to ignore the fact that your site provides this, just that a book is also a nice thing to have.

    1. M Poncelet Post author

      You might try The Cariboo Story by F.W. Lindsay for a good overview of the BC Gold Rush which includes the Fraser River gold rush and the Cariboo gold rush.
      By the way, I am currently working on a graphic novel on the Fraser River Gold Rush. Glad you enjoyed this site.


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