Carr Road

Feature type: road
Province: British Columbia
Location: Forks S off Hwy 16 W of Tête Jaune

In 1907, Stanley J. Carr (1890–1983) came from England to Canada, “pursuing a dream to be a cowboy.” In 1910, after working on cattle ranches in the Calgary area, he became a guide for Brewster Brothers at Lake Louise. In 1916 he joined the Canadian Army and was wounded after two years in France. With two other returned veterans, he started an outfitting business at Banff. In 1921 he married Scottish-born Jessie (b. 1895), who had come to Calgary with her family in 1910. After a year in Calgary, the Carrs moved to Los Angeles. In 1926, the “call of the Rockies” brought them back to Canada. After working a year for the Hargreaves at Mount Robson Ranch, Carr bought property at Tête Jaune Cache and built a home and guest ranch.

Carr served as justice of the peace, postmaster, stipendiary magistrate, juvenile court judge, coroner, school trustee, and honorary fire warden, and was a sergeant in the Pacific Coast Militia during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge at Cochrane, Alberta, and a long time member of the McBride Royal Canadian Legion. He worked for years to get the Yellowhead Highway completed. Carr was known as “Windy” because of the stories he delighted to tell. He died in Victoria. Jessie (“Jay”) Carr celebrated her 90th birthday in 1985, at Mount Robson.

Carr Road was originally part of the old wagon road from McBride to Valemount. When a new bridge was built across the Fraser at Tête Jaune Cache, the wagon-road bridge was blasted out.

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