At its peak during the mid 1860’s, the town of Barkerville was home to approximately 5000 people. Much of its population was in town temporarily, hoping to get rich quick before leaving with pockets full of gold.
This created the need for rooming houses, where miners could rest their achy bodies at the end each difficult day. One such rooming house was owned and operated by Mrs. Catherine Parker, originally from Ireland.
Here are a couple of interior shots. Check out the tin ceiling.
I like the decorative touches and how they make the place feel homey.
And there’s something really neat about old windows with the way they distort the view and almost make everything look like a painting.
I found this advertisement that was placed in the local newspaper. I imagine the promise of a warm home and good meals was exactly what the miner’s would have been looking for.
I hope that you’re enjoying these posts from my visit to Barkerville. I’ll be back tomorrow with another. Until then..