BC Adventures with "The Millionaire Kid"

Joseph J. Jackson (1895-1972) was a cook, prospector, miner, and lodge proprietor, as well as a talented storyteller and amateur filmmaker. In the 1920s, he prospected and mined in the Alaska panhandle and became known as “The Millionaire Kid.” During the 1930s, Jackson turned his prospecting skills to the Stikine and Cassiar regions of northern BC, and later he operated the Lil-Joe Fishing Lodge on the Kettle Valley Railway. Preserved by the BC Archives, Jackson’s fascinating home movies document river, air, and rail travel; placer mining with hand-built equipment; sport fishing, isolated communities, and outdoor life.

Retired archivist and film historian Dennis J. Duffy has edited five short digital movies from this remarkable footage. Dennis will provide a live ‘colour commentary’ for Joe’s black-and-white films.

There is no charge for this public presentation, which will follow the business portion of the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the BC Archives.

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