Jackman station

Feature type: Railway Point
Province: British Columbia
Location: CNR, S of Tête Jaune Cache
Latitude: 52°57’00”
Longitude: 119°23’00”
NTS map: 83D/14
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

Perhaps named for Philip Jackmam, a sapper with the British Royal Engineers. He served with the Columbia Detachment, which built the Cariboo Road from Yale to Quesnel in the 1860s. He also worked on the B.C. section of the Canadian Pacific Railroad location survey, conducted from 1871 to 1885.

A sapper is a soldier employed in digging trenches, building fortifications, and executing field works. The non-commissioned officers and privates of the Engineers were formerly called the Royal Sappers and Miners. They became the Royal Engineers in 1859. The privates are still unofficially called sappers.

References:

  • Andrews, Gerald Smedly. Professional land surveyors of British Columbia. Cumulative nominal roll. Victoria: Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, 1978
  • CN (Canadian National Railway). Transportation planning branch, Edmonton, and historical office, Montréal.

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