It was September 16th of the year 1868, and a long hot Summer day in the gold rush town of Barkerville. According to the story passed from one generation to the next, that afternoon saw a man make an unwanted move on a woman at the back of Adler and Berry’s New Fashion Saloon. A scuffle ensued and a stovepipe was knocked over, resulting in a fire. Within minutes the town of Barkerville was in flames.
From that first call of fire, the town was almost completely destroyed in less than 2 hours. Thankfully the quick thinking staff of the local store selling dynamite rushed their inventory to a mine shaft, preventing a far worse catastrophe.
Remarkably, the townsfolk were determined to immediately rebuild. A new fire brigade was formed. Life carried on, and it was business as usual.