Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
The museum is located in Williams Lake and therefore features the history of Williams Lake, including the ranching
industry which, over the past 150 years, has created numerous stories from the colourful characters known as ranchers
and cowboys. Forestry and mining, also featured, have had a huge impact in area development, but it's the ranching
industry that has been around the longest.
The first newcomers to the Cariboo Chilcotin area of BC were fur traders. They left few footprints. The Great Cariboo
Gold Rush, however, began in 1858, and while it lasted less then a decade, it opened the doors for the cattlemen.