In 1833, the first miner to discover gold in the Okanagan Valley was David Douglas.
It became harder to find gold and mining became more technical and costly in other countries.
Gold was first found in the creeks near Kamloops, then Bear Creek on the west side of Okanagan Lake, and then in Mission Creek, Rock Creek and Fraser River.
By 1858, over thirty thousand miners had moved to British territory.
In 1859, William Peon discovered gold near the Northwest shore of Sugar Lake.
In 1862, there was a gold rush on Cherry Creek in the Monashee Mountains, promoted by gold commissioner.
Importance of Miners
It was an attraction to other people to come to the Okanagan.
The chaos also brought opportunity as the newcomers needed to be fed and supplied.
It helped to develop the Okanagan Fur Brigade Trail.
Miners brought over wagons, cattle and horses, so they could pan for gold.
Role of the Okanagan Fur Brigade Trail
William Peon was born in around 1806. His family adopted the name "Kalamalka" meaning "round hill at the head of the lake."
In 1828, William had joined the Hudson's Bay Company and started working along the lines as a fur trader. His career successfully spanned the fur trade.
After the fur trade came to an end, William wanted to embark the business as a guide, packer and linguist. He decided to explore what people were starting to talk about, the gold rush.
Reasons for Settlement
From 1842-1843, William Peon became a settler in the Willamette River Valley.
In 1852, William settled a claim of 319 acres in Walla Walla, Washington.
William's Legacy Today
The guide, packer and linguist for Father Pandosy and his group of settlers when they walked into the Okanagan Valley.
William Peon also sparked a gold rush and fur trade.