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Prince George, British Columbia

Prince George is a town in British Columbia, Canada, located at the junction of the Fraser River and its tributary Nechako River[?]. Its 2001 population was 72,406, making it the principal city of northern British Columbia.

The town began as a fur trading post named Fort George, established in 1807 by Simon Fraser. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway[?] (now CN Railway[?]) came to the area in 1914, and in 1915 the City of Prince George was incorporated, named after Prince George, the thirteen year-old son of King George V. Growth was slow until the modernization of the local sawmills[?] and the construction of three pulp mills[?] in the 1950s.

The mainstay of the economy is the forest industry, including logging, plywood manufacturing, sawmills[?], and pulp mills[?].

The University of Northern British Columbia is a recent addition.

See List of communities in British Columbia.

It is also the treeplanting capital of British Columbia.

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