gatos selvagens

Friday, September 29, 2006

gatos selvagens

This homestead goes back to the year 1903, when two men from Ontario, Albert Huble from Oak Lake and Edward Seebach from Mitchell, happened to meet while trapping on the upper part of the Fraser River. They decided to become partners and establish a trading post at the south end of the old Giscome Portage trail. This was a lasting partnership and ended only when Edward Seebach passed away in 1932 after he broke his leg and received third degree burns while trying to put out a fire in their store at Summit Lake.

Huble pre-empted a quarter of land, Lot # 848, and together they built cabins, a barn for horses and a store. They re-cut the old portage trail, named after the Jamaican John Robert Giscome. In the year 1871, this trail, which had formerly been used by the natives, was made into a 10-foot wide wagon road, the contract going out to John Trutch. This road required 2,000 feet of corduroy, 37 culverts, and a bridge over Tay Creek. With muskeg, mosquitoes, and men quitting, the building of the road was quite a chore. By 1875, as the Telegraph Trail became a more popular route to the Omineca goldfields, it was no longer used and became badly over-grown with trees and brush. This was the road that Huble and Seebach now re-cut. At first it was very narrow, only wide enough for one horse to pass through, so they used one horse behind the other and a type of two-wheeled cart, similar to the Red River cart, to portage goods and canoes of different people over to Summit Lake. They later made the trail wider and used a wagon and four horses.

The portage was six miles long and it crosses the Arctic Divide, the place where all water on the south side flows into the Pacific Oceans while the water on the north side flows into the Arctic. The natives, explorers, and fur traders portaged their canoes over this low summit for centuries.

Going to Fort George for goods meant a three-day trip one way with stops at the Salmon River, Goose Country road on the Old Summit Road South and then arrival at Fort George. They would go on horseback or on foot but in the winter they went by dog-team and snowshoes.

Many different survey parties for the railroad would come down the Fraser River and their goods and boats would be portaged by Huble and Seebach over to Summit Lake on this strip of land known as the Giscome Portage. The railroad, however, never did build on the West side of the Fraser but on the East side.

Sometimes boats or scows would get stuck on the rocks in the Giscome Rapids, an area in the Fraser about a mile south of the homestead. Huble and Seebach made a good sum of money by guiding boats through these rapids to prevent such mishaps. Big sternwheelers would come down the river and Huble mentions in his diaries names like the B.C. Express, the S.S. Chilcotin, the S.S. Quesnelle, and the Nechacco (later named the Chilko). These boats would stop at the homestead, unload store goods and freight, and then load up with meat, vegetables, and even horses for sale on their way upriver as far as Tete Jeune Cache.


O Telecópio Espacial Huble prepara-se para tirar fotos de Marte.

Com Marte e a Terra caminhando para sua aproximação máxima em 60 mil anos, o Telescópio Espacial Hubble preparou-se para fazer fotos que irão mostrar detalhes da superfície marciana com diâmetro mínimo de 27 km.

Na terça-feira, dia 26, quando Marte esteve a 55,6 milhões de quilômetros da Terra serão feitas as primeiras imagens. Uma foto colorida do planeta, composta a partir dessas imagens, foi distribuída para o mundo na manhã de quarta-feira, dia 27.

"As fotos tiradas provavelmente irão ilustrar os livros de astronomia pelas próximas décadas", diz Jim Bell, da Universidade Cornell. Uma segunda bateria de imagens foi feita uma hora antes de os planetas atingirem seu ponto de maior aproximação. As imagens serão as mais apuradas já feitas de Marte a partir da Terra - ou, no caso, da órbita da Terra.

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Welcome to the Huble Homestead and Giscome Portage heritage site.

The history of the Huble Homestead and Giscome Portage can be viewed throughout this site. Here you'll find historic photographs, biographies, rich history and culture as you discover the spirit of J.R. Giscome, Al and Annie Huble and Ed Seebach.

Today we are a living heritage site. Meet our costumed interpreters and enjoy guided tours of our heritage buildings such as the Huble House, Salmon Valley Post Office, and the Animal Shelter. Visit replicas of the original General Store, Trapper's Cabin, Barns, Blacksmith Shop and the First Nations Fish Camp; all aspects of the site represent a time in our history that the Huble Homestead/Giscome Portage Heritage Society has proudly preserved on behalf of our community, our heritage, and our history.

Come by, bring a picnic, enjoy a breathtaking walk of the countryside, or walk the historic Giscome Portage. Visit our Blacksmith as he demonstrates the craft of making nails, horseshoes, and period implements. Find the perfect gift at our General Store, stock up on HubleBerry Jam, have lunch, say hello to our livestock or just lie down in the meadow and enjoy the sunshine