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Archive Pictures 1, 2, 3, 4
Aerial Picture, ca1950's
Founder, George Little
Hotel-Motel History
Town Plan, Oct 1911

Terrace Calcium Products Ltd.
Terrace Co-op Garden Centre
Grand Trunk Pathway
Cramer St History
Ferry Island
Relay for Life, May 3, 2008
Terrace-Kitimat Airport
Hospital- Early Doctors
Child Development Centre
Terrace Area War Memorial

Private Berger War Mystery

No 1, Armoured Train, WWII
WWII Mutiny
Military Headstones
Logging Archives
Water Towers / Reservoirs
Dairy History
Kitsumgallum Cemetery
Braun's Island
Hatt Brothers Store
Lanfear Hill
Kitsumkalum School
Albert & McCaffery Ltd.
Gordon & Anderson Ltd.

Prince Rupert
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Albert & McCaffery Ltd
BC Govt. Court House
City Halls
Fire Department
Funeral Directors
Gordon & Anderson Ltd.
Grand Trunk Pacific, Page 1 - 2
GTP Steamships-SS Prince- Rupert/George
Hotel History
Lindsay's Cartage & Storage
Miller Bay Hospital
Post Office History
Prince Rupert Dry Dock
Prince Rupert Riots

Seal Cove
Watson Island
First Around the World Flight
Rupert Area Cemeteries

Dodge- Hospital Island
Digby Island

North West BC Area
Aiyansh Tseax Volcano Cone
Alice Arm
Anyox 1, 2, 3
Barrett Lake
Bateman's Landing
Cedarvale / Minskinish
Copper City
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
Nass Camp
North Bulkley
Port Edward
Port Essington
Prince Rupert
Quick Station
Skeena City
Skeena Crossing

Cassiar District
Glenora Landing
Lake House
Laketon/Lake Town

Porter Landing/ Thibert Creek
Telegraph Creek

North Coast
Ethelda Bay (DOT site)
Fort / Port Simpson

Georgetown Mills/ Georgetown
Woodcock's Landing

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.
Oscar Olander / Paul Brodin
Dennis Tulley Christopher

Joel "Joe" Trulson
Samuel Arden Singlehurst
John Arthur Clark King Sealy
William Binnie "Tom" Forrest
Clair Leon Morris Giggey
Charles Merson "Charlie" Adam
Mrs Lanfear, Miss French

Grand Trunk Pacific History
GTP Railway Station Index

GTP Railway Contractors
GTP Railway Medical Service
Grand Trunk Pacific, Page 1 - 2
GTP Steamships-SS Prince Rupert
Foley, Welch and Stewart
Dr. William Percy Johns
Dr. Seymour Traynor
Daniel Joseph Dempsey
Edwin G. Russell
Adolph Butze
Frank Watrous Morse
George Alexander McNicholl
Joseph Frederick "Fred" Ritchie
Ernest Joseph Rowley
Allan Cameron Aldous
William Pitt Murray
Henry H. Brewer
Dr. Francis James Ewing
Western Canadian Immigration Association

Dominion Government Telegraph
Dominion Telegraph System
John Theodore Phelan

Enoch Roscoe Lukens Jones
Hugh Bernard Ashton Birch
Thomas Howard Walsh
John Franklin Richardson

Sternwheeler History
Capt. William Francis Madden
SS Mount Royal Sinking

Capt. George Hamilton Ritchie

SS Princess Norah

SS Prince Rupert / Prince George

Misc Pages
Misc History Info
BC Tel Northern District History
Various Pictures, Northern BC

Skeena River Photos
Copper River Bridge
Russian Stone Fort Mystery
North Route Service Center

Ski Hill History
BC Coastal Airline History
NW BC Logger's Memorial, Usk
Usk Pioneer Chapel
Usk Ferry Page
Forestry Lookouts
Kitselas Tunnel Explosion
New Zealand Moose?
Bear Glacier

1978 Flood, Northwest BC
Sunsets, Mountains, Lakes, Creeks
Reg German Anyox Archive Photos
Robert Ridley
Arthur Marsden "Art" Priestley
Monckton Family
Postcard Photographers
Patrick Joseph Ryan
Oolichan Fish

Vancouver Island
Logging Archive Pictures

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Dominion Telegraph System

Key to Stations below:

(1) The Queen Charlotte Islands Line,
(Massett to Queen Charlotte City)

(2) The Terrace-Stewart Line,
(Serving Alice Arm,
Anyox, Naas, and Stewart)

(3) The 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
1,845 miles
Connected with the CPR line at Ashcroft.

(5) The New Hazelton - Skeena Crossing Line

(6) The Bella Coola - 150 Mile House Line

Line Cabin near Hazelton, ca 1934
Credit:  Jack R. Wrathall / Library and Archives Canada / PA-095720
note- Pole with insulators in rear right

Telegraph Stations

Aiyansh (2)
Aldermere (4)
Alice Arm (2)
Anyox (2)
Ashcroft (4)
Atnarko (6)
Atlin (4)
Borlands (4)
Bella Coola (6)
Blackwater (4)
Cassiar Cannery (3)
Cedarvale / Minskinish (3)
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)
Endako (4)
Firvale (6)
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)
Hanceville (6)

Old Hazelton
Hundred and Fifty Mile House (6)
Inverness (3)
Iskut (4)
Kitselas (3)
Kleena a Kleen (6)
Lorne Creek (3)
Lowness's (?)
Maple Bay (4)
Massett (1)
Marvin (?)
Moricetown (4)
McClinchy (6)
Nahlin (4)
Nakina (4)
Nechako (4?)
New Hazelton (5)
North Bulkley (4)
North Pacific Cannery (3)
Pacofi (1)
Pike River (4)
Port Clements (1)
Port Essington (3)
Fort / Port Simpson (3)
Prince Rupert (3)
Queen Charlotte City (1)
Quesnel (4)
Remo (3)
Riel's Camp (Alice Arm) (2)
Rosswood (2)
Shesley (4)
Skeena Crossing (5)
Skidegate (1)
Smithers (4)
South Bulkley (4)
South East Harbour (?)
Squinas (6)
Stuart Lake (4)
Telegraph Creek (4)
Telegraph Point
Telkwa (4)
Terrace (3)
Tel-Ell (1)
Tow Hill (1)
Tramville (3)
Twenty-Five Mile House (4)
Usk (3)
Walsh's Ranch (?)
Whitehorse YT (4)
Woden (1)

John Franklin Richardson was an Electrical Engineer
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,
named after Colonel Charles Seymour Bulkley (Sr.)
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 places.
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 (Sr.)
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 report.
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 died.
His will was filed with Surrogate Silkman of Westchester Co for Probate.
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 broke out.
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 California,
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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1913 Magazine, great old photos,%20Telegraph%20line%20in%20the%20wilderness.pdf

Wires in the Wilderness: The Story of the Yukon Telegraph, by Bill Miller


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