Around the year 1883 a photographer set up his camera in Barkerville, in BC's Cariboo, at the corner of the Theatre Royal and took a photograph looking down the main street, north toward St. Savior's church. He, or she, may not have known it, but they recorded for history the only known photo of an elusive Barkerville street bridge.
Not much is known about the two bridges that are said to have crossed the street. In my first book on Barkerville I wrote that near the Mason and Daly Store, "one of two street bridges crossed here so that better-dressed businessmen and ladies would not have to walk through the mud, water and manure of the busy street. Will Bowron (son of John Bowron) recalled watching the frequent horse races from their vantage point."
Modern visitors insist on using the main street as their path, and complain about the horse apples, not wanting to believe that "in the day" the boardwalks were used as the streets were, indeed, mud and manure.
This did not change in subsequent editions as no further information was found, other than a photograph of Andrew Kelly standing in front of his store with some strange posts attached to the board walk, remnants we now know, of a bridge and waterline.
For an update on the research on this photo go to Richard's blog: http://richardtwright.blogspot.com