The Land on Which We Live: Life on the Cariboo Plateau: 70 Mile House to Bridge Lake

Product Details
$24.95  $23.20
Caitlin Press
Publish Date
6.2 X 8.82 X 0.56 inches | 0.87 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author
Barbara MacPherson spent several years as a child in Bridge Lake and has since lived in many places in British Columbia. Combining her passion for social history and genealogy with her love of the Cariboo, she began a four-year project of researching, studying, and writing about the lives of the those who came to the region of Bridge Lake to 70 Mile House during the years 1871 to 1959. A founding member of the Arrow Lakes Historical Society, she co-wrote the prizewinning FACES OF THE PAST (Arrow Lakes Historical Society) with Milton Parent. MacPherson is freelance writer in many subjects and has been writing and publishing stories for over thirty years. She lives in Nakusp with her family.
"A treasure trove of early photographs, painstaking research and most of all, marvelous accounts of feckless wanderers and resolute settlers, roadhouse operators, and ranchers in the South Cariboo-tough cookies, bad apples and flashy dudes included! This well-written book shows how luck, land and the climate, good but often bad, solid homesteading skills or a complete lack of them, and the kindness and generosity among neighbours shaped all who lived here, for just a few years or for generations." -- Caroline Woodward, author of Light Years: Memoir of a Modern Lighthouse Keeper
"Most local histories--particularly those focused on the 'pioneering' settler phrase--are romantic, relentlessly positive and sometimes heroic. The truth is more complex and often far less successful. Barbara MacPherson has accomplished something truly rare here: a settler-era history that keeps precariousness at its centre." -- John Douglas Belshaw (Thompson River University), author of Becoming British Columbia: A Population History and Colonization and Community: the Vancouver Island Coalfield and the Making of British Columbia Working-Class
"What a fine piece of work [...] I would recommend this book for compulsory reading in schools, as it would show the younger generation that people actually did survive without running water, electricity and cellphones." -- Pat Ferguson, author of Gone Huntin', Gone Huntin' Again, as well as Cowboys, Good Times and Wrecks.
"The arrival of this book in the year of a resurgent Indigenous culture is timely. It's arrival during the tragedy of wild fire is propitious, as it covers the period of early fire suppression that helped to exclude the Tsq'escenemc from the land and laid down the primary conditions for those fires. It is an invaluable document." -- Harold Rhenisch, The Ormsby Review
"Whether you live in the area or not, if you like history and stories of our fore-founders, this book is a must read. I thought it would be a tough read at first, the detail was like looking through a library book for a school history essay, but the more I read the more interested I became ... and the history and the facts in this book are amazing." -- Mark McMillan, President of the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame