Following up on yesterdays post on Dorreen I though I would add an informative article on the history of Dorreen.
Approximately 30 miles northeast of Terrace, across the Skeena River from Highway 16, is the historic community of Dorreen. There, running along the railway track from the old station to the railway bridge over Fiddler Creek, are the remains of a community that at first glance seems to have been simply left behind. Alders grow on the flat deck of an old round-fendered truck, horse-drawn farm implements peek out from the bracken ferns, a one-room schoolhouse sits vacant. But it wasn’t always like this. ………..
The once early 1900’s ghost town of Dorreen was home to 200-400 gold miners. Our visit to this charming little town will be by Jet Boat as it is only accessible by Jet Boat or via rail. it is possible to have via rail drop you off at the town and then when you want to get picked up in a couple of days you have to place the “visi-vest” cut out next to the tracks to let the train engineer know that you need to be picked up. The town is well manicured and has a series paths that make for an enjoyable day of exploring and revisiting the past.
One of the interesting things we saw on a pre-scouting trip to Port Essington was a “Boneyard”. Hundreds of animal bones, mostly skulls and jawbones lying in amongst the pilings at low tide. We did not see them on our trip last year as the tides were not at their lowest while we were there. This year it looks like we will be exploring the the site while the tide is low and everyone will have a chance to see this eerie site. I asked around to some historical experts and the best response was that the butcher shop was located out on one of the docks in this area and they just dumped the animal bones and skulls into the river. I am still amazed that they are still around after almost 100 years.