Yale, B.C. was once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago.
Originally established in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, Yale grew with the influx of an estimated 30,000 gold miners during the gold rush of 1858.
In the 1860’s, with the construction of the Cariboo Wagon Road, Yale became the main terminal for one of the largest sternwheeler routes in North America.
The 1880’s saw the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, with construction headquarters housed in Yale.