GREEN, Lewis




Author Tags: Forts and Fur, Gold, Local History

Located 179 km. north of Vancouver, Bralorne and Pioneer in the Bridge River area were two of the most important gold mines in B.C. for much of the 20th century.

Lewis Green’s well-illustrated The Great Years: Gold Mining in the Bridge River Valley (Vancouver: Tricouni Press, 2000 / 3rd printing) traces the ‘golden era’ in the Bridge River Valley from 1933 to 1941. Green, a geologist, also wrote The Gold Hustlers (Vancouver: Dacher Publishing, 1994) and The Boundary Hunters: Surveying the 141st Meridian and the Alaska Panhandle (UBC Press, 1982).

The Boundary Hunters concerns the treaty signed in 1825 by Great Britain and Russia in St. Petersburg that stipulated the boundary between British and Russian territories northwards “from the southern-most point of the island called Prince of Wales Island, which point lies in the parallel of 54 degrees 40 minutes, north latitude.” This boundary followed the Portland Canal to 56 degrees north and then along “the summit of the mountains situated parallel to the coast as far as the point of intersection of the 141st degree of west longitude” to the Arctic Ocean. A further refinement concerned the summits of the mountains parallel to the coast that were more than ten leagues inland whereby the boundary “shall be formed by a line parallel to the windings of the coast, and which shall never exceed the distance of 10 marine leagues therefrom.” [See BC STUDIES, No. 60, Winter, 1983-1984]

Lewis Green died in November of 2014.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Boundary Hunters: Surveying the 141st Meridian and the Alaskan Panhandle

BOOKS:

Green, Lewis. The Boundary Hunters: Surveying the 141st Meridian and the Alaska Panhandle (UBC Press, 1982).

The Gold Hustlers (Vancouver: Dacher Publishing, 1994)

The Great Years: Gold Mining in the Bridge River Valley (Vancouver: Tricouni Press, 2000 / 3rd printing)

[BCBW 2014] "Gold" "Local History" "Mining" "Forts and Fur"