GOVERNMENT ST., VICTORIA, B. C.
Victoria sprang suddenly into great commercial activity
in 1858, when endless throngs of miners poured into the Fraser
River gold fields, 30,000 of whom wintered in and around the
city. When, as the excitement abated, the greater portion
of them departed, and the tented city vanished like the camp
of a moving army, it was demonstrated that a city had been
founded which was destined to live, to grow with the province,
and to become metropolitan as the resources of the surrounding
reguin were developed.
Illustrated British Columbia, 1889