83. Bedeaux headlamp

83 - bedeaux lamp


Fort St. John North Peace Museum

In 1934, Charles Bedaux, an eccentric millionaire, attempted to drive from Edmonton to Telegraph Creek using Citroën half-tracks – vehicles with front wheels and a continuous track at the back. This head lamp is from one of his half-tracks. Bedaux hired cowboys and brought along champagne, a film crew, his wife, and his mistress! It was a wet summer and the half-tracks got bogged down in mud and many were destroyed in accidents for Bedaux’s film. The party attempted to continue on by horseback but gave up near the Sifton Pass. Though the expedition was unsuccessful, it drew attention to Northern British Columbia.