We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

Death of a Road Crew

[ Mouth of Homathko River, Bute Inlet, Whymper, Frederick, ca. 1837-1901, BCA PDP00109 ]

The first and deadliest event was the attack on a crew building a road up the Homathco River towards the Chilcotin Plateau to connect the coast to the goldfields of the Cariboo. The first reports come from the newspapers, and there were several at the time: the Daily British Colonist and the Daily Chronicle in Victoria, and the Columbian in New Westminster. At times the biggest war seemed to be between the papers! The official orders and reports can be found in the Colonial Correspondence.

Colonial Correspondence

Colonial Dispatches


Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History