In the late
1850s, the town now known as Clinton was mile 47 on the old Cariboo
Wagon Road from Lillooet. By 1863, Clinton became known as “the
junction” – the place where wagon road from the Fraser
Canyon connected with the one from Lillooet. As an author in the
Clinton Lariat put it, “from Clinton all traffic flowed (or
should I say trudged) north on the Cariboo Plateau to the gold fields.”
Clinton is a haven for artists, history buffs, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The Clinton Museum was originally a one-room school, and then from
1925 to 1955 it became a courthouse, in which several judges, including
Judge Begbie, held court. The quaint Old Clinton Cemetery, just
north of town, is one hundred and thirty-nine years old. Take in
the Clinton Annual Ball and Rodeo, the oldest such event in Canada.