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 William Pinchbeck

William Pinchbeck

Birth
Great Steeping, East Lindsey District, Lincolnshire, England
Death 31 Jul 1893 (aged 61–62)
150 Mile House, Cariboo Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Memorial ID 10754 · View Source
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Canadian Frontier Figure. Born in Yorkshire, England, he was one of the original settlers in the Cariboo Region of British Columbia, Canada. In 1849, he came to California, with his two brothers to mine gold and ended up operating a hotel in San Francisco. After deciding that the gold rush was more hype than reality, he moved to Victoria, Canada and joined the new police force in the city. By 1860, he settled and help found Williams Lake, British Columbia and was named Chief Constable to the Gold Commissioner in charge of maintaining the peace in the region. In partnership with Thomas Meldrum and William Lyne, he formed the Pinchbeck Company, built a roadhouse, a general store, mills, a distillery and a race track. The horse races often drew large crowds of spectators and some of the biggest races set stakes as high as a $100,000. Pinchbeck's company eventually owned most of the Williams Lake Valley, his roadhouse and distillery prospered. By the late 1880s, Pinchbeck had sole ownership of the entire valley but with the gold rush long past and with no major roads running near Williams Lake, his businesses were no longer profitable. He died at age 62 and was buried in a plot on the ranch overlooking Williams Lake.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 11 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10754
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Pinchbeck (1831–31 Jul 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10754, citing Pinchbeck Gravesite, Williams Lake Stampede Ground, Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .