Okanagan Explosion: Final Task
The History of Ranchers in the Okanagan Valley
Origins and dates
Role of the Okanagan Fur Brigade
-Cornelius O’Keefe was born in Fallowfield, Upper Canada. His father, Michael O’Keefe was from Kilworth, County Cork, Ireland. He arrived in British Columbia in 1862 along with thousands of other young men attracted to the colony by the lure of gold in the Cariboo region
Reasons for settlement in the Okanagan Valley
-In the spring of 1867, he and a partner traveled to Oregon and purchased a herd of cattle, which they drove north through the Okanagan Valley. Seeing the rich grass ranges and excellent resourses at the north end of the lake, they each took up 160 acres of rich bottom land in June of 1867
How did the early Europeans impact the growth and development of the Okanagan Valley?
This is a photo of the original heritage house that is still open to pubic viewing today
This is the Okanagan Valley that was were the first settlers took residences .
this is a picture taken of Cornelius O'Keefe himself