Gosnell station

Feature type: Railway Point
Province: British Columbia
Location: CNR, junction of Albreda and North Thompson Rivers
Latitude: 52°30’00”
Longitude: 119°07’00”
NTS map: 83D/6
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Perhaps named after R. Edward Gosnell (1860–1931), a historian and journalist. Born in Québec and educated in Ontario, he came to British Columbia as a newspaperman in 1888. He was the first librarian of the British Columbia legislative library (1893-98), editor of the Victoria Colonist, and the first provincial archivist (1908–1910). He was secretary to Dunsmuir and succeeding premiers. In later years he was a freelance journalist. Gosnell was the author of several history books, including A History of British Columbia (1906) and co-authored Sir James Douglas (1908).

Settlement at Gosnell came with the construction of the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway in 1913. There was a Japanese internment camp here during World War II. The Gosnell post office operated from 1960 to 1964.

References:

  • Story, Norah. The Oxford Companion to Canadian History and Literature. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967
  • Topping, William. A checklist of British Columbia post offices. Vancouver: published by the author, 7430 Angus Drive, 1983
  • Wallace, W. Stewart. MacMillan Dictionary of Canadian biography. Toronto: MacMillan, 1978
  • Yellowhead Pass and its people. Valemount, B.C.: Valemount Historic Society, 1984

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