Barlee, Neville Langrell

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N.L. “Bill” Barlee, 70, was born October 6, 1932 in Grand Forks, British Columbia. He grew up in Rossland and spent his formative years, 1950-1970, traveling through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Utah and British Columbia developing his knowledge of old historic towns and mining regions. He has 38 years experience in researching and writing about ghost towns and historic mining camps of the far West, and has published two books on these subjects; the most well-known being Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns, which was published in June of 1984.

Barlee has had a varied career as a high school teacher, writer, publisher and Minister of Small Business, Tourism, Culture and Film in British Columbia. He was one of seventeen Ministers of the Crown and a member of the cabinet charged with governing the province; a position he held from 1991 through 1996.

Over the past few decades Barlee has amassed a vast collection of Old West records and artifacts. Parts of his collection have been placed on display in the Museum of Civilization, Canada’s National Museum; and exhibited in other museums around the country. Pieces have also been used in CHBC TV’s award wining series; “Gold Trails and Ghost Towns”, which ran from 1986 to 1996 on five different networks within Canada, and was hosted by Mr. Barlee.

For the past few years Barlee has been working on completing his latest manuscript on South Central British Columbia and doing research on a manuscript on the state of Idaho’s silver belt, the renowned Couer D’Alene district.


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