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Posted August 20, 2013 by Miama Admin in Harrison history

John Fannin’s 1873 Exploration Report

1873 Exploration Report
1873 Exploration Report

Pages 7-8
… At the northern extremity of this open country is found a valley, or pass in the mountains, about six miles long and three wide, leading to the foot of Harrison Lake. (See sketch). Some very good land is met with here. The valley is thinly timbered with fir and cedar (burnt). Near Harrison Lake the land is low and wet. Two Cranberry Marshes, the largest about 200 acres, are also found here. From this point we proceeded down the Fraser to Harrison mouth, thence up the Harrison River and Lake. Along this route the mountains hem in both rivers -closely; and with the exception of a tract of wet grass land (400 acres), no unoccupied land was met with, although we ascended the mountains at different points to obtain a view of the surrounding country. At the foot of the lake, to the right, and about half a mile from its junction with the river, is situated a hot spring, the steam arising from which can be seen from some distance as we approach it. The existence of this spring has been known for years; but I am not aware that any particular attention has ever been turned towards it, or the medicinal properties of its waters determined. For ought we know, it may be as valuable as the hot springs of California, which constantly attract invalids from this country. The Indians have, for a long time, been in the habit of using it in certain cases of sickness, and the plan they adopt is this :—A piece of cedar bark is placed on the ground at the edge of the spring from where the steam is rising, and the invalid covered with a blanket, sits in a crouched position on this bark for hours at a time; and if they are to be believed, many cures have been effected. To test the temperature of the water, we threw in a salt salmon, which was cooked in a few minutes…



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