Talk:Emory Creek Provincial Park

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Town of Emory Creek[edit]

At the moment I can't see why an article on Emory Creek, British Columbia, the old townsite at this location, needs a separated article, so added the ghost towns cat and template here. Maybe later if the town article turns out to be longer than anticipated they can be split. Here's the summary of Emory's history from the BC Parks webpage:

History - Emory Creek in 1858 was a tent and shack camp, established by miners in search of gold. When it became evident that the gold was not available in the amounts estimated, the miners started moving north on the Fraser River. A few Chinese remained in the area. The area came into the hands of a man named Walker, who felt Emory Creek would become the head of riverboat navigation on the Fraser. Eventually, he sold the land to the Oppenheimer Brothers in early 1879. In the fall of 1879, Emory was chosen by the C.P.R. as the western terminus. In a short time it became Emory Creek. The town consisted of thirteen streets with its own newspaper, various shops, a brewery, nine saloons and a sawmill. When Yale was made the terminus, Emory was all but abandoned by 1885, with the completion of the railway. Today, it is an easily accessible treed campground with paved roads and flush outhouses.

Like other Fraser Canyon towns, there's actually quite a bit of history particular to this spot, I'm not inclined to work on it at length, though maybe someone else may....Skookum1 (talk) 14:46, 17 August 2008 (UTC)

OH, I see I already provided information on why Emory Creek should be in the ghost towns cat; my bad for not condensing/rephrasing it into the article, but I do wish people would read talkpages before removing categories without thinking twice.Skookum1 (talk) 14:44, 30 August 2009 (UTC)


The Emery article has information on the substance this creek is named for, though the British spelling, or period spelling, is clearly "Emory"; I don't have a cite for it, but my understanding (from my Dad, who was a part-time rockhound/prospector) is that this creek was named for the abundance of fine black sand, reminiscent of emory (which is carborundum), that the early prospectors noted here (black sand is a hallmark of gold deposits and often contains good amounts of chemical gold as well).Skookum1 (talk) 14:44, 30 August 2009 (UTC)