This page provides information about early Prince George, the Hub of the North and Spruce Capital of the world, situated in the interior of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. If your ancestors traveled through, or settled in the vicinity of Prince George, you just might find something of genealogical interest here.
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THE FOUNDING OF PRINCE GEORGE
Prince George has one of the longest histories of continued white inhabitants in British Columbia. A fur trading post was established here by Simon Fraser in 1807 for the Northwest Company. This was the fourth post they established in what is now British Columbia in the period 1805-07, the other three being in Fort St. James, Fort Fraser, and Fort McLeod. In 1793 when Sir Alexander MacKenzie made his epic trip across Canada he came down the Fraser River but for some reason completely missed the junction of the Nechako River. It was Fort George that Simon Fraser set out from back in 1808 on his famous descent of the river that bears his name. The transition from trading post to commercial centre was brought about by the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, survey parties for which began to come into the area about 1906, with the boom period reaching its peak about 1910. During that period, communication with the outside was maintained by steamers down the Fraser River to Soda Creek then by coach to Ashcroft to connect with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Three town sites were developed, South Fort George fronting on the Fraser River, Fort George on the Nechako River, and Central Fort George in between. Ultimately, when the railway company acquired the Indian reserve and placed its town site on it, the name Prince George was accepted. Steel reached the Fraser River opposite Fort George on January 12, 1914 but the bridge across the river was not completed until March. The ceremony of driving the last spike in the railroad took place some distance to the west of Prince George on April 5, 1914 at the Nechako crossing just east of Fraser Lake. Prince George was incorporated as a city in 1915.