Pioneer Churches along the Gold Rush Trail

Much has been written about the Cariboo gold rush - from the wagon roads and rowdy mining camps to dramatic tales of fortunes gained and lost. This book paints a different picture of those pioneer days, serving as a guide to the nineteenth-century churches that were built during the gold rush or in the settlement days that followed. These historic structures were built to fill the spiritual need of the migrants who flooded to the area, to nurture a sense of community that survived even after the gold was gone. While acknowledging the destructive forces of colonialism, including Christianity, on Indigenous Peoples, this book also examines the historical role of churches in community building and invites the reader to consider this dichotomy with an pen and curious mind. Filled with beautiful photography, architecture, craftsmanship, and social context of dozens of gold-rush era churches, preserving them for posterity.

Author: Liz Bryan

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