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Dominion Telegraph System
Queen Charlotte Islands Line,
(Massett to Queen Charlotte City)
(Serving Alice Arm,
Anyox, Naas, and Stewart)
Skeena River Line,
(Prince Rupert - Hazelton)
built 1901-1902, 202.5 miles
(4) The Yukon Telegraph Line,
(Ashcroft via Hazelton to Dawson City, Yukon Territory)
Started in 1897, completed in Oct 1899
Connected with the CPR line at Ashcroft.
New Hazelton - Skeena Crossing Line
Bella Coola - 150 Mile House Line
Line Cabin near Hazelton,
Credit: Jack R. Wrathall / Library and
Archives Canada / PA-095720
note- Pole with insulators in rear right
Bella Coola (6)
Cassiar Cannery (3)
Cedarvale / Minskinish
Chilanco Forks (6)
Chimney Creek (6)
Dawson YT (4)
Dead Tree Point (1)
Echo Lake (4)
First Cabin (4)
Second Cabin (4)
Third Cabin (4)
Fourth Cabin (4)
Fifth Cabin (4)
Sixth Cabin (4)
Seventh Cabin (4)
Eighth Cabin (4)
Ninth Cabin (4)
Fort Fraser (4)
Fort Selkirk YT (4)
Frizzell's Ranch (3?)
Fraser Lake (4)
Georgetown (3) (see Pr. Rupert page)
Graham Centre (1)
Graveyard Point (3)
Hundred and Fifty Mile House (6)
Kleena a Kleen (6)
Maple Bay (4)
North Bulkley (4)
North Pacific Cannery (3)
Pike River (4)
Port Clements (1)
Port Essington (3)
Fort / Port Simpson (3)
Prince Rupert (3)
Queen Charlotte City (1)
Riel's Camp (Alice Arm) (2)
Skeena Crossing (5)
South Bulkley (4)
South East Harbour (?)
Stuart Lake (4)
Telegraph Point (3)
Tow Hill (1)
Twenty-Five Mile House (4)
Walsh's Ranch (?)
Whitehorse YT (4)
John Franklin Richardson was an Electrical
who picked the route for the Yukon Telegraph line. (4)
John Franklin Richardson Bio
Grand Trunk Pacific Telegraph System
Along the route of the GTP there was also
a Telegraph System from Prince Rupert to Winnipeg
The 2 systems overlapped in a few towns
Later this line became CN Telegraphs
Bulkley Valley and Bulkley River,
Colonel Charles Seymour
who was the Engineer in charge of the Collins Overland Telegraph line,
thru that area, ca 1865-67.
The Yukon Telegraph line followed this original trail in many
Original name of the Bulkley River- Wet'sinkwha.
He came to Canada March 17, 1865, at 8 am.
He was part of the Russian American Telegraph Company.
Came on the US Steamer Shubrick, Captain Scammon.
He was met by the Governor of BC,
The ship left the next day Mar 18, at 4 pm for Sitka AK,
where he was to meet the Governor of Russian america
Former Superintendent of Military Telegraphs, an American Engineer.
Charles Seymour Bulkley
b- ca 1840 in Virginia (or was it New York?) USA
d- in 1894 in Guatemala, of Fever
shown as a Civil Engineer of Port Chester NY
when he died he left $100,000.00 to his estate, per one newspaper
He appointed Hanford M. Henderson a lawyer of Port Chester NY,
as his Sole Executor.
His wife died, and his son Howard Bulkley became the heir.
Howard then tried to remove Henderson.
meanwhile Daniel E. Merritt applied to be appointed Executor.
Some of these men lived in Stockton CA, including Charles before he
His will was filed with Surrogate Silkman of Westchester Co for
when he was a young man he took a course in Civil engineering,
graduated with honours, and after graduating fell in love
with a handsome society girl from Connecticut and married her.
This was 40 years before 1899
His wife was still living in Bridgeport in 1899
Shortly after he married he deserted his wife, just as the civil war
He enlisted in the Civil War. Shown as a Captain when he enlisted.
Became a Colonel of Engineers in the Union Army.
After the war, instead of returning to Connecticut, he went to
to make his fortune, where he married again, to a daughter,
of a wealthy merchant of Stockton CA.
He did not have a divorce from his first wife.
He had 2 sons with the 2nd wife,
Howard Bulkley, possibly Howard Lea or Lee Bulkley
b- possibly ca 1877
d- aft 1910
and Charles Seymour Bulkley (Jr.)
b- ca 1868 in CA
d- bet 1889 and 1900
Jr. was an Engineer in Stockton in 1889, age 21
Reason we get confused on his birth info is the son had same name.
Sr. became a prominent Railroad Engineer,
Building many railroads in the US and Central America.
He was in Guatemala building a railroad when he became ill and died.
He was in Guatemala ca June 1883, and was feared dead then,
in an uprising at San Salvador.
He made his will Feb 12, 1892.
He left the estate to his 2nd wife Abbie S. Bulkley, and his 2 sons.
After he made his will, his son Charles died.
shortly after Charles died, Abby (Abbie?) also died.
Abby Dexter was his 2nd wife's name, born in Mass.
His cousin Emma E. Merritt contested the will,
because there was no divorce.
The first wife, Julia Palmer, didn't claim any of his estate,
as her wealthy mother had cared for her in her estate.
Hanford Henderson sat on the will from 1894 when he died until 1900
when the son Howard found out he had it.
in the end the will had $50,000
$30,000 in New York properties and $20,000 in other properties
Where did the other half go?
Could make a movie from this fellow!
Sept 1911, W. W. Wrathall announced the telegraph line
from Kitsumkalum to Stewart was completed.
the price for a message 10 words long
from Hazelton to Stewart cost $1.25 in 1911 dollars!
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Best map of Telegraph Lines in BC
Burns Lake history
1913 Magazine, great old photos
Wires in the Wilderness:
The Story of the Yukon
Telegraph, by Bill Miller
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