Abernathy Road

Feature type: road
Province: British Columbia
Location: Forks off Hwy 16
Pinkney Bee Abernathy (1900–1961) and his wife Elizabeth (b. 1905) arrived at Red Pass from Gainford, Alberta, in 1949. Abernathy, a native of North Carolina, set up a lumber mill at Swift Current Creek, which he operated until 1960. A supporter of the Yellowhead Route, he worked on the construction of the highway through Mount Robson Park. Before there was year-round maintenance of this section of Highway 16, Abernathy kept the road open to obtain mail and freight from Red Pass and to reach a long-distance phone at Jasper.
References:

  • Yellowhead Pass and its people. Valemount, B.C.: Valemount Historic Society, 1984
  • Carson, Art. Personal correspondence. 2008

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