W. R. "Doc" Keithley
This pioneer family profile is being compiled from public records. Family members have not been contacted. Please forward any comments/corrections or additions to Wanda Story.
-born William Ross Keithley.
- Doc Keithley may well have come to the Cariboo from the California Gold Fields.
1860 - W. R. Doc Keithley was one of the original discoverers of gold on the Quesnel River. He was working with George Weaver, on Antler Creek in the winter of 1860.- The K claim yielded pounds of nuggets daily for months Doc K was in partnership with several other men on that first claim
- from "Quesnel - Commercial Centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush"
by Gordon R. Elliott":
"The miners pushed over the hills and up the north fork (of the Quesnel River). By the time the town was developing at the (Quesnel) Forks, W.R."Doc" Keithley and J.P. Diller made their strike high on a bluff above the high water mark of Keithley Creek. They conveyed dirt from their stakings to the water by a chute and washed by rocker. George Harvey had been with them, but went to Harvey Creek alone, built sluices and prospered. "Doc" stayed, but after mining the first claim successfully for a short time, sold.
-The Calgary Museum has the buggy that use to belong to Doc Keithley.
- Keithley Creek would be named for Doc Keithley.
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