Abernathy Road

British Columbia. Road
Forks off Hwy 16
Roads are not in the official geographical names databases

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:

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

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