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 Grand Trunk Pacific Stations / Stops
Prince Rupert to Fort Fraser


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North West BC Area
Aberdeen Station
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Alice Arm
Anyox 1, 2, 3
Barrett Lake
Bateman's Landing
Cedarvale / Minskinish
Copper City
Ethelda Bay (DOT site)
Evelyn Station
Falls River Hydro Dam (Pr Rupert)
Fiddler Creek
Hanall Point
Hazeltons- Old / New / South
Kemano / Kitimat, mid 1950's
Kitselas- (Old Town/ Canyon)
Kitsumkalum Lake
Lakelse Lake Valley
Lorne Creek
North Bulkley
Port Edward
Port Essington
Prince Rupert
Quick Station
Ritchie Station
Skeena City
Skeena Crossing
Woodcock's Landing

Cassiar District
Glenora Landing
Lake House
Laketon/Lake Town

Porter Landing/ Thibert Creek
Telegraph Creek

North Coast
Fort / Port Simpson

Oolichan Fish

Skeena / Bulkley Pioneers
Arthur Lee Clore
Michaud Brothers
George Albert Kerr
John "David" Stuart
Rev. Thomas Jabez Marsh
James Darius Wells
Frank Lazelle

Frederick "Fred" Hampton
James Kelso Gordon
Frank Phiscator Jr. and Sr.
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Joel "Joe" Trulson
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John Arthur Clark King Sealy
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Grand Trunk Pacific History
GTP Railway Station Index

Foley, Welch and Stewart
Dr. William Percy Johns
Dr. Seymour Traynor
Daniel Joseph Dempsey
Edwin G. Russell
Adolph Butze
Frank Watrous Morse
George Alexander McNichol
Joseph Frederick "Fred" Ritchie
Ernest Joseph Rowley

Dominion Government Telegraph
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John Theodore Phelan

Enoch Roscoe Lukens Jones
Hugh Bernard Ashton Birch
Thomas Howard Walsh
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Sternwheeler History
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SS Mount Royal Sinking

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Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Stations / Flag Stops
Prince Rupert to Fort Fraser

Charles Hays envisioned a New Silk Route from Asia,
to the East Coast of North America.
He never lived to see this come to fruition, as he died on the Titanic.
CPR and the Great Northern were running Special Silk Trains
from Vancouver, Seattle, and San Francisco, at that time.
Hays realized Rupert was closer to the Orient, than all of these locations,
and shipping time would be drastically reduced for these special trains.
Raw Silk bales were shipped, each contained live silk worms inside.
The High Insurance on these shipments, was paid by the hour in transit.
Every hour they saved in shipping,
saved the receiver huge amounts of money.
Because these shipments were so valuable,
they didn't broadcast what they were doing.
These Special Silk Trains had the right of way over every other train.

Of course the GTP Railroad was used to carry other products,
besides Passengers.
Fish, Fruit, Mining Ore, and Logging Products, were some of these.

Interesting to note, today Prince Rupert Port is winning the Orient trade
again, because it is almost a day closer by boat.  That's fuel and time saved.

This page lists all the Stations, Creeks, Lakes etc,
Starting from the West End of the line, at Prince Rupert.
All Mileage is Railway mileage

Some stops below were discontinued as the years went by

Prince Rupert (Mile 1746.1 from Winnipeg) -
The First GTP Train from Winnipeg arrived at 1:15 pm, April 9, 1914.
Daily Colonist, Apr 19, 1914, reported Apr 9, 1914 as the date
(see link below, article from 1940 says Apr 8th, 1914?)

Sept 6, 1914- Regular Passenger Service was started
between Prince Rupert and Winnipeg.

Contractors that built the railroad
Foley, Welch and Stewart

Prince Rupert Station
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level

Railway Point
Latitude- 54 15' N, Longitude- 130 19' W

Kaien Station
Latitude- 54 15' N, Longitude- 130 20' W
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1740.7 miles from Winnipeg
5.4 miles from Prince Rupert
"Kaien" supposedly means "Bog" in the local native Tsimpsean language.
Another source says it means "Wolf"
It was a name given to the Island in Tuck Inlet time immemorial.
Adopted by the Geographic Board of Canada in 1905
Tuck Inlet named after Samuel Parker Tuck,
 Provincial Land surveyor, in 1892,
adopted on Admiralty Charts in 1896.
Oldfield Mountain, on Kaien Island, named after
Capt. Radulphus Bryce Oldfield R.N., H.M.S. Malacca
who was here in 1866-1867.

Watson Island
Railway Point

Zanardi Rapids Bridge (Tidewater)
Six spans, length 645 ft, It was completed in July 1910.

Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1739.6 miles from Winnipeg
6.5 miles from Prince Rupert
named after Charles Zenardi, per one source,
who was Inspector of the Wharf at Prince Rupert.
Spelling was changed along the way maybe.
1911 census shows a Charles Zanardi
b- Jan 1876 in Italy
shown as a Real Estate Broker in Vancouver, right guy?

Phelan Station
Latitude- 54 12' N, Longitude- 130 16' W
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1735.4 miles from Winnipeg
10.7 miles from Prince Rupert
John Theodore Phelan  Page

Inverness Cannery
Latitude- 54 12' N, Longitude- 130 16' W
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1734.7 miles from Winnipeg
11.4 miles from Prince Rupert

Cassiar Cannery
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1731.1 miles from Winnipeg
15 miles from Prince Rupert

Sockeye Station
Latitude- 54 9' N, Longitude- 130 8' W
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1729.4 miles from Winnipeg
16.7 miles from Prince Rupert
North Pacific Cannery located here

Port Edward Station
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1728.1 miles from Winnipeg
18 miles from Prince Rupert

54 13' 14'' N, Longitude- 130 17' 22'' W
Subdivision on Porpoise Harbour.

Shirley Mill/ Cannery/ Train stop
aka: Boneyard Creek,
aka: Mile 21
21 mi from Prince Rupert
(see EXT link at the bottom for history here)

23 mi from Prince Rupert,
54 10' N, Longitude- 130 0' W
Telegraph Station
Port Essington

Tyee Station
54 12' N, Longitude- 129 57' W
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1719.6 miles from Winnipeg
26.5 miles from Prince Rupert

Residents of Port Essington applied for the Tyee Station
Rather than using the Haysport Station
near Ecstall River
Only station on Skeena Sub on south side of the tracks
Tyee became famous for the location of
Canada's Secret 
No 1, Armoured Train.

Around 27 mile at one of Bostrum & Kullonder's Camps
was the location of a Hospital for the Railroad Construction workmen.
Foley, Welch & Stewart collected $1
 from each man hired per month, for medical services.
This included Contractor and sub Contractors men.
Dr. Francis J. Ewing, Chief Surgeon,
was the Medical Superintendent of the
 Hospital Marine Services for the Foley Bros.
Dr. Francis James Ewing
b- Sept 1866 in Seaforth, Huron, ON  (ca 1868 per age 56 at death)
(Sept 10, 1871 per attestation papers?)
d- June 28, 1924, Bowen Island BC
son of George and Jane Ewing, both born in Scotland.
His father was a butcher per 1871 census in Seaforth
1911 he was living in Vancouver with his wife.
Gertrude Elizabeth Ewing, nee ? (Russell?)
b- May 1883, MB
1890- graduated from Medical Faculty of Trinity University, Toronto
Practised in Fort Williams, ON, after 1890
Prince Rupert, 1909
Hazelton, Jan 19, 1912
Vancouver, Nov 23, 1912
He used the gasoline launch "Telkwa" for the section
along the Skeena to Telegraph Point,
due to the fact there was no roads in this section
for men to travel to the hospitals.
He was in charge of the base hospital in Prince Rupert.
enlisted in WWI, May 3, 1916 at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England, age 45
Major, Canadian Army Medical Corps

Aberdeen Station
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1717.3 miles from Winnipeg
28.8 miles from Prince Rupert

Aberdeen / Windsor Cannery located here

May 26, 1909 at smith Bros. camp at Aberdeen
Alex Watts of Marysville Tennessee, and an unnamed Montenegran
were instantly killed in a premature explosion.

Telegraph Point
Latitude- 54 11' 29'' N, Longitude- 129 39' 15'' W
Today there is a big rest area, pull out there
off of Highway 16.

One article says the Townsite of Mann was in this area.
between Tyee and Kwinitsa
I can't find a trace of it anywhere.

Skeena City Station
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1713.3 miles from Winnipeg
32.8 miles from Prince Rupert
Latitude- 54 14' N, Longitude- 129 50' W
Unincorporated area.

Kwinitsa Station
Elevation- 19 ft above sea level
1699.7 miles from Winnipeg

46.4 miles from Prince Rupert
54 13' N, Longitude- 129 33' W

Mile 57 was the Salvus Work Camp
Location of another Hospital during construction.

Salvus Station
Elevation- 40 ft above sea level
1688.0 miles from Winnipeg
58.1 miles from Prince Rupert

54 19' N, Longitude- 129 20' W
Flag Station

58 mi from Rupert,
Telegraph Station,
At the mouth of Exchamsiks River.
Named after a high cliff in this area.
C. W. Mitchell Dominion Telegraph Operator ca June 1918

Creek (Water)
Elevation- 55 ft above sea level
1685.7 miles from Winnipeg
60.4 miles from Prince Rupert

Exstew Station
Elevation- 71 ft above sea level
1676.2 miles from Winnipeg
69.9 miles from Prince Rupert
Latitude- 54 23' 7'' N, Longitude-129 6' 10'' W
Unincorporated area.

Exstew River (Water)
Elevation- 88 ft above sea level
1675.6 miles from Winnipeg

Shames Station
78 mi from Rupert,
Elevation- 103 ft above sea level
1669.2 miles from Winnipeg

54 25' N, Longitude- 128 56' W
Flag Station

At Bateman's Landing, mile 85 was the location
of the 4th Hospital during construction of the railroad.

Amsbury Station
85 mi from Rupert,
Elevation- 151 ft above sea level
1661.1 miles from Winnipeg

54 28' N, Longitude- 128 46' W

Zymagoitz River (Water)
Elevation- 156 ft above sea level
1659.0 miles from Winnipeg

Kitsumgallum River (Water)
(Kitsumkalim - Kitsumkalum)
Elevation- 183 ft above sea level
1656.0 miles from Winnipeg

Terrace Station
The first date a train belonging to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
 passed through Terrace from the east
arriving in Prince Rupert at 1:15pm April 9, 1914.

Terrace Train Station

Photo from a Historical Info stand
Terrace Grand Trunk Pathway
click these to enlarge them in a new window


July 5, 1966 CNR Train Station, courtesy Grant Walker Studio City CA
1966 view
94.6 mi from Prince Rupert
Elevation- 223 ft above sea level
1651.5 miles from Winnipeg

(see links upper left)

Little Canyon
Latitude- 54 31' 0'' N, Longitude- 128 33' 30'' W
Note- This was NOT named after the Little Family
It was named Little Canyon earlier than any of the Little
family that came here.
this is Little as opposite of Large.
It is located where the Old Skeena Bridge is located.
the government actually blew up some of the rocks
in the channel to make it easier for the Sternwheelers
to navigate.  Ring bolts exist in the rocks here.

Stuarts (Stewarts?) / Dobies
Stuart's Landing

Vanarsdol (Van Arsdol) Station
108 mi from Rupert

Elevation- 239 ft above sea level
1645.9 miles from Winnipeg

Usk Station
107 mi from Rupert
54 38' N, Longitude- 128 25' W
Elevation- 294 ft above sea level
1638.9 miles from Winnipeg

Hanall Point
aka Hanall Spur
110.5 miles from Rupert
Railway flag stop, 3 1/2 miles from Usk

Pitman Station
115 mi from Rupert
54 42' N, Longitude- 128 19' W
Elevation- 344 ft above sea level
1632.2 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station
Located at mouth of St. Croix Creek
Unincorporated area
Named after William Pittman Litt Hinton
Vice-President and GM of the GTPR

Pacific Station
120 mi from Rupert
54 46' N, Longitude- 128 15' W
Elevation- 372 ft above sea level
1626.7 miles from Winnipeg

First Divisional Point on the GTP
Government Telegraph Station.
Railroad Round houses, Machine shops etc.

Originally called Nicholl Station
Nicholl named after the Superintendent at the Pacific Terminus,
George Alexander McNicholl
It was the First Divisional Point

Thunder Creek (Water)
Elevation- 389 ft above sea level
1623.5 miles from Winnipeg

Dorreen Station
125 mi from Rupert,
54 50' 35'' N, Longitude-128 20' 41'' W
Elevation- 412 ft above sea level
1620.6 miles from Winnipeg

Located at mouth of Lorne Creek

Fiddler Creek (Water)
Elevation- 437 ft above sea level
1620.0 miles from Winnipeg

Lorne Creek (Water)
Elevation- 461 ft above sea level
1617.2 miles from Winnipeg

Henry McDame discovered gold here in 1884

Giles station shown  between Pitman and Ritchie

Ritchie Station
132 mi from Rupert
54 55' N, Longitude-128 23' W
Elevation- 457 ft above sea level
1614.1 miles from Winnipeg

Porcupine Creek (Water)
Elevation- 464 ft above sea level
1612.7 miles from Winnipeg

Mosquito Creek (Water)
Elevation- 489 ft above sea level
1608.3 miles from Winnipeg

Meanskineesht / Minskinish / Holy City
Cedarvale Station
140 mi from Rupert
55 1' 10'' N, Longitude- 128 19' 45'' W
Elevation- 502 ft above sea level
1605.7 miles from Winnipeg

John Bostrum was the Foley contractor opposite Meanskineest.
No one on his crew were allowed to smoke.

Hollwood station shown opposite Meanskineesht, on the Skeena River

Woodcock Station
146 mi from Rupert,
55 4' N, Longitude- 128 14' W
Elevation- 537 ft above sea level
1600.3 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station

Ksiden Creek (Water) (spelling?)
Elevation- 554 ft above sea level
1598.8 miles from Winnipeg

Getwinskowl River (Water) (spelling?)
Elevation- 561 ft above sea level
1594.7 miles from Winnipeg

Gitwangar / Kitwanga Station
153 mi from Rupert,
55 6' N, Longitude- 128 4' W
Elevation- 584 ft above sea level
1592.7 miles from Winnipeg

Government Telegraph Station

Andimaul Station
158 mi from Rupert
55 6' N, Longitude- 127 57' W
Elevation- 659 ft above sea level
1588.1 miles from Winnipeg

Entrance to Kitwancool Valley, Telegraph Station,
18 mi west of Hazelton. Native reserve, pop 75 in 1916.
1921 - 2 families were here:
-Emil Michael Smith
b- ca 1886, age 35 in 1921 in Galicia
CNR Section Foreman
Immigrated in 1907
Kathleen Pearl Smith
b- ca 1897, age 24, in 1921 in Galicia
Immigrated in 1907
Mary Smith
b- ca 1914, age 7 in 1921 in AB
Helen Smith
b- ca 1915, age 6, in 1921, in BC
son- Francis Smith
b-ca 1919, age 2 in 1921 in BC
James Hilary Smith
b- ca 1920, age 1 in 1921 in BC

-Arthur Wilkinson
b- ca 1873, age 48 in 1921, in England
Immigrated in 1908
CNR Section Hand

1915- D. Rankin was at Andimaul,
agent for BC Nurseries Co Ltd.
He was manager of the sawmill at Andimaul, ca Oct 1913

1926- Mrs. C. H. Mould was at Andimaul

Jan 22, 1927- Henry Frank and Mrs Mary Rae Hatten
were married in Hazelton, both residents of Andimaul

Nash Station
1 1/2 mi west from Skeena Crossing

Elevation- 744 ft above sea level
1583.4 miles from Winnipeg
1921 Steve Bodnar was CNR Section foreman at Nash
b- age 27 in 1921, in Austria
Harry Nubrey was his Section Hand
b- age 54 in 1921 in Austria
both immigrated in 1910

The railroad from Prince Rupert to here is on the North side
of the Skeena River
Skeena Crossing a huge steel bridge was built
to cross the Skeena,
and after that it runs on the south side of the Skeena

Skeena Crossing (Mine Spur)
163 mi from Rupert
55 5' 55'' N, Longitude- 127 48' 40'' W
Elevation- 743 ft above sea level
1582.1 miles from Winnipeg

Oct 1913 made into a Flag Station
located at foot of Rocher De Boule Mountain

Carnaby Station
Latitude- 55 10' N, Longitude- 127 46' W
Elevation- 851 ft above sea level
1576.2 miles from Winnipeg

Tramville Station
located about 2-3 miles east of Carnaby
Tramway to Rocher De Boule mine from here.

GTP Townsite named Ellison was in this area
and abandoned for South Hazelton

2-3 miles from Hazelton

South Hazelton  Station
Elevation- 973 ft above sea level
1569.2 miles from Winnipeg

New Hazelton Station
Elevation- 1030 ft above sea level
1565.5 miles from Winnipeg

Duncanan Station
 changed to Bulkley Canyon Station

Elevation- 1107 ft above sea level
1559.0 miles from Winnipeg

55 15' N, Longitude-127 27' W

Beament Station
195 mi from Rupert,

Elevation- 1213 ft above sea level
1551.5 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station
Lot 1346 Cassiar Dist.

Seaton Station
189 mi from Rupert,

Elevation- 1289 ft above sea level
1546.9 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station

Boulder Creek
Elevation- 1272 ft above sea level
1546.0 miles from Winnipeg

Moricetown Station
204 mi from Rupert
55 2' N, Longitude-127 20' W
Elevation- 1342 ft above sea level
1541.6 miles from Winnipeg

John Brown Creek
Elevation- 1383 ft above sea level
1538.9 miles from Winnipeg

Doughty Station
Elevation- 1448 ft above sea level
211.1 miles from Rupert
1535.0 miles from Winnipeg
Lot 353 Range 5, Cassiar dist.

named after Sir George Doughty
b- 1854, Grimsby Lincolnshire England
d- Apr 27, 1914, age 60
British ship builder and politician
he was on a train with Hays,
assume he was behind some money on the line.
he had major interests in fishing trawlers and canneries
on the coast and in this area.

Trout Creek
Elevation- 1483 ft above sea level
1533.1 miles from Winnipeg

Evelyn Station
Latitude- 54 53' 32'' N, Longitude-127 16' 10'' W
Elevation- 1557 ft above sea level
1528.7 miles from Winnipeg
Originally thought named after Alfred Smither's daughter,
but he didn't have a daughter Evelyn,
Then BC Gazeteer says it was named after one of
 William Pitman Litt Hinton's daughters,
who was Vice President and GM of the GTPR
Only problem, he only had one daughter, Kathlyn B. Hinton,
and 2 sons, Arthur and Robert.
So now we are back to where did the name Evelyn come from?

Lake Kathlyn Station
223 mi from Rupert,
54 49' N, Longitude-127 13' W
3 mi from Smithers

Elevation- 1653 ft above sea level
1523.2 miles from Winnipeg
Named after William Pitman Litt Hinton's daughter,
Kathlyn Baldwin Hinton,
b- June 17, 1895 in Carleton, ON
d- 1974 in Toronto, ON
he was Vice President and GM of the GTPR

Smithers Station
Latitude- 54 46' 45'' N, Longitude-127 10' 34'' W
Mile 226.5
Lot 5289, Range 5, Coast District.
Became 2nd Divisional Point on the railroad, East of Rupert.
Elevation- 1631 ft above sea level
About 9 miles from Telkwa and Aldermere
1519.6 miles from Winnipeg

named after Sir Alfred Waldron Smithers
MP, Chairman of GTP
Aug 1913, Townsite lots went up for sale,
by Agents, Aldous and Murray, Hazelton BC

Tatlow Station
Latitude- 54 42' N, Longitude- 127 7' W
Elevation- 1598 ft above sea level
1513.8 miles from Winnipeg

Telkwa River
Elevation- 1664 ft above sea level
1510.7 miles from Winnipeg

Latitude- 54 41' 48'' N, Longitude-127 3' 3'' W

Hubert Station
Elevation- 1688 ft above sea level
1507.1 miles from Winnipeg

Knockholt Station
54 27' N, Longitude- 126 34' W
Elevation- 1736 ft above sea level
1501.4 miles from Winnipeg
Named after Knockholt, Kent, England
 where Sir Alfred Waldron Smithers was born
around 30 miles from Telkwa

Walcott Station
Elevation- 1804 ft above sea level
1493.3 miles from Winnipeg

Oct 1, 1914, GTP established a station at Walcott,
at Lot 716, Range 5, Coast District, BC
Sept 22, 1964, CNR applied to remove the station
and replace it with a freight and passenger shelter.

Morice River
Elevation- 1863 ft above sea level
1487.8 miles from Winnipeg

Barrett Station
260 mi from Rupert,
54 27' N, Longitude-126 45' W
Elevation- 1872 ft above sea level
1486.0 miles from Winnipeg

Houston Station
266 mi from Rupert,
54 23' 54'' N, Longitude-126 38' 54'' W
Elevation- 1951 ft above sea level
1479.4 miles from Winnipeg

Quick Station
Latitude- 54 37' N, Longitude- 126 54' W
Elevation- 1975 ft above sea level
1474.6 miles from Winnipeg

Perow Station
Latitude- 54 31' 4'' N, Longitude- 126 26' 36'' W
Elevation- 2101 ft above sea level
1467.5 miles from Winnipeg
Named after Mr. William Earle Duperow,
The General Agent of GTPR Company's Passenger Dept. in Vancouver
He enlisted in WWI, Nov 3, 1916 in Winnipeg, MB, Reg # 5142
Canadian Artillery, 2nd Batt., Rank- Gunner
father- William Emerson Duperow
mother- Annie M. Duperow, Winnipeg MB
William Earle Duperow
b- Feb 15, 1896, London, ON
d- Oct 9, 1918
buried in British Cemetery, Bucquoy Rd Cemetery., Ficheux,
 4 1/2 miles S or Arras. grave 35
brother- Gordon Duperow

Topley Station
285 mi from Rupert,
54 30' N, Longitude-126 18' W
Elevation- 2196 ft above sea level
1461.5 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station
Named after William James Topley, Photographer.
one source says it was after a GTPR engineer named Topley.

Bulkley Station
Elevation- 2300 ft above sea level
1453.4 miles from Winnipeg

Latitude- 54 25' N, Longitude-126 12' W

Rose Lake Station (Summit)
Latitude- 54 24' N, Longitude-126 2' W
Elevation- 2363 ft above sea level
1445.8 miles from Winnipeg

Palling Station
306 mi from Rupert,
54 21' N, Longitude-125 55' W
Elevation- 2316 ft above sea level
1440.4 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station
in South Bulkley District

Decker Lake Station
Latitude- 54 18' N, Longitude-125 50' W
Elevation- 2326 ft above sea level
1434.8 miles from Winnipeg
From Kerry Guenter, Smithers:
Decker Lake was named after
Stephen Decker
b- Aug 24, 1827 LaGrange Maine, Penobscot, USA
d- May 8, 1911 in Vancouver BC, age 83
 Construction Foreman on the Collin's Overland Telegraph in 1866.
He was an early logger in North arm, Burrard Inlet area.
Bedwell Bay was called Decker's Bay after him.

Sad part of this fellow's story,
he is buried in an unmarked Pauper's grave
 in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

father- Joshua Decker
b- 1791 in Maine USA
d- 1870 in LaGrange Maine, USA
Lived on a farm very near New Brunswick boundary.

mother- Francis (possibly Piper)
b- ?
d- ?

He had one brother- Henry S. Decker,
 b- Aug 29, 1828, La Grange Maine
d- ?

Grandfather- Joshua Decker
b- 1752 York, York, ME, Nabc
d- 1850 in Clinton Maine
Grandmother- Susanna Boston

Great Grandfather- David Decker (1717-1809)
Great Grandmother- Eunice Place (1717-1811)

Decker Lake (Water)
Elevation- 2305 ft above sea level
1431.7 miles from Winnipeg

Burns Lake Station
317 mi from Rupert,
54 13' 49'' N, Longitude- 125 45' 52'' W
Elevation- 2312 ft above sea level
1429.6 miles from Winnipeg

Telegraph Station
From Kerry Guenter, Smithers: Burns Lake is named after Michael W.Byrnes,
Scout / Explorer for the Collin's Overland Telegraph in 1866

Tintagel Station
Latitude- 54 12' N, Longitude-125 36' W
Elevation- 2307 ft above sea level
1421.5 miles from Winnipeg

Sheraton Station
Latitude- 54 10' N, Longitude-125 28' W
Elevation- 2286 ft above sea level
1415.2 miles from Winnipeg

Endako River (Water)
Elevation- 2285 ft above sea level
1414.0 miles from Winnipeg

Endako River (Water)
Elevation- 2282 ft above sea level
1412.4 miles from Winnipeg

Priestley Station
337 mi from Rupert,

Elevation- 2276 ft above sea level
1409.1 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station

Lake (Water)
Elevation- 2274 ft above sea level
1408.1 miles from Winnipeg

Lake Eye (Water)
Elevation- 2274 ft above sea level
1407.9 miles from Winnipeg

Savory Station
Latitude- 54 6' N, Longitude- 125 10' W
Elevation- 2258 ft above sea level
1401.1 miles from Winnipeg

Endako Station
351 mi from Rupert,
54 5' 22'' N, Longitude- 125 1' 41'' W
Elevation- 2242 ft above sea level
1395.1 miles from Winnipeg

Divisional Point,
Machine Shops, Round Houses, etc.

Endako River (Water)
Elevation- 2206 ft above sea level
1388.6 miles from Winnipeg

Fraser Lake Station
360 mi from Rupert,
54 3' 37'' N, Longitude-124 50' 38'' W
Elevation- 2205 ft above sea level
1387.0 miles from Winnipeg

Flag Station

Fraser Lake (Water)
Elevation- 2204 ft above sea level
1386.6 miles from Winnipeg

Midlake Station
Elevation- 2204 ft above sea level
1381.0 miles from Winnipeg

Upper Nechako River (Water)
Elevation- 2231 ft above sea level
1374.7 miles from Winnipeg

Fort Fraser Station
373 mi from Rupert,
54 4' N, Longitude-124 33' W
Elevation- 2245 ft above sea level
1373.3 miles from Winnipeg
Dominion Stock and Bond Corporation, Vancouver
owned the Townsite, under General Manager Salmon

Last Spike in the Second Transcontinental Railroad in Canada
Grand Trunk Pacific (GTP)
took place 1 mi east of Fort Fraser BC, on Highway 16 
on Apr 7, 1914

Latitude- 54.0601939269918 N
Longitude- 124.554061889648 W

Photograph from Library and Archives Canada (Mikan 4477048)
 showing Chief Engineer, "B.B. Kelliher driving the last spike, but one.
This photo is actually part of Alfred W. Smithers personal album.

Photo and Corrections sent by Kerry Guenter, Smithers


The last spike was to be driven in a fancy ceremony in August,
with Edward Chamberlin doing the honours,
but this was cancelled, so the "Last One" became Kelliher's honour.

Last Spike GTP Railroad, Fort Fraser

Last spike was driven by B. B. Kelliher
the Chief Engineer of the GTPR.

Bartholomew Brosnan Kelliher
b- Dec 26, 1862, County Kerry, Ireland
d- Nov 7, 1929, London England, age 68
(see his complete bio on an ext link below)



President of the GTP that picked Prince Rupert as it's terminus
died on the Titanic in 1912, body no 307,
and never got to see the last spike driven on his vision.

Mr. Charles Melville Hays

l/r- Mr. D'Arcy Tate, Frank Watrous Morse, and Charles M. Hays
at Prince Rupert 1910
Mr. Tate was Solicitor for GTP
Frank Watrous Morse Vice-President and General Manager of GTP

Credit: Charles Melville Hays / Library and Archives Canada / PA-021985


Grand Trunk Pacific Telegraph Company inaugurated their service
between Winnipeg and Prince Rupert, Nov 21, 1914



Silk Worm Trivia
 from an old newspaper article
I see other explanations online
24,000 Silk worm Eggs, weigh a quarter of an ounce.
The worm lives from 45 to 53 days
It increases it's weight in 30 days, 9,500 fold
during the last 28 days of its life it eats nothing.
From 739 lbs. of mulberry leaves, 70 lbs of cocoons are obtained.
100 lbs of cocoons, gives 8 1/2 lbs of silk.
one pound of cocoons will produce a single thread 16 kms long.

Each bale of raw silk skeins was valued at around $1000.00 ea
These were million dollar shipments, back in the 1920's!


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B. B. Kelliher bio




Hazelton Museum


Prince Rupert Archives, great photos here.


GTP Station info and pics


After I tracked down the info above
I tripped over this site.
He has some great station info here.

and here is his last spike page

his main link here, and thanks for the compliment!


More stations listed here


Shirley Mill History


1911 GTP pamphlet, map in back

1940 article, one of the best for the history of this railroad
starts on page 163

Interesting to note- on page 178 the author reports the
first train from the East to Prince Rupert was on Apr 8, 1914,
not on Apr 9th, as reported in today's articles.

Skeena Crossing photos from Prince Rupert Archives site
some great old photos on their site.





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