Because the old Gold Rush town of Barkerville was so remote, its residents struggled to keep correspondence up with loved ones back home. Initially letters were sent with friends traveling between Victoria and nearby Quesnel. It wasn’t very reliable, and I imagine it didn’t help with feelings of homesickness.
It wasn’t until several years later, in 1879, that Barkerville had its first post and telegraph office. It made keeping in touch much easier for those working in the goldfields.
Visitors to Barkerville today can stop in to see how the local mail continues to be processed.
The work is slow and non-automated. All outgoing mail is hand date-stamped, using the very rubber stamp that has been used for over 140 years.
Once the mail is ready to go, a freight wagon picks it up and takes it to the gate where it’s transferred to a modern day postal truck to continue it’s journey.
Barkerville’s post office is a neat step back in time.