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History: Bull Teams of the Cariboo

Reprinted from the October 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Bull Teams of the Cariboo
By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C.

‘Motor freighting began during the First World War. Before that the lumbering wagons had been drawn by horses and oxen, and the horses stayed on the road until the early twenties. The oxen passed out of the picture at the turn of the century. With their disappearance, one of the picturesque and romantic peoples of Western Canadian history came to an end.

Very little is know of the first bull outfits, but it is certain they were on Cariboo Road in the early sixties. They cost less than horses, and could operate more economically, even though they were considerably slower. The record for a round trip from Ashcroft to Barkerville, a distance of 550 miles, is said to have been six weeks, but the average was well over two months.’

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