New information about Rayleigh pilings, bricks

WE ASKED: Help our Readers' Reporter solve the great brick mystery.

Earlier this spring, we began uncovering the history behind old wood pilings and a former brick operation along the shoreline of the North Thompson River, near Rayleigh. It was discovered that the pilings were part of a diversion and holding boom for logs that were floated down the river to supply a lumber mill downstream and that a brickyard was also part of area in late 1800s.

Now we've got some more information to add to the story, thanks to Kamloops resident Jim Palmer, who emailed the Readers' Reporter over the weekend.

Palmer was born and raised in the Heffley Creek area and confirms that the pilings were part of a log boom operation for a mill known as the Seven Mile Mill.

The Seven Mile Mill used two longboats that were moored at the mill, says Palmer, whose uncle worked on the boats.

"These longboats are an all purpose boat similar to an oversized canoe used to steer the log booms and pull up logs off the shore of the river," wrote Palmer.

What's more, Palmer had some additional news about the old brickyard that operated along the same pilings shoreline 100 years ago.

"The brick factory was part of W.H. Johnstone and James A. Gill's factory that was located out in the Mission Flats area," wrote Palmer.

"These are the same two men who built the Old Friar Tuck building."

Readers can find our original postings on this same website. The first posting is headlined Wood Pilings In Riverbed (April 15) and the follow-up post is Readers Pitch Answers To Brick Mystery, Amend Wood Pilings History (April 22).

Thank you so much to Jim Palmer for adding exciting details to this piece of Kamloops history.

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