Gosnell (railway point)

British Columbia. Railway Point
Canadian National Railway, junction of Albreda River and North Thompson River
52.5 N 119.1167 W — Map 83D/6 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1930
Official in BCCanada
85 miles west of the Yellowhead Pass on the Canadian National Railway
Mile 103 in Albreda Subdivision (Jasper to Blue River as of 1977)
R.E. Gosnell, Legislative Librarian [1894 to 1897]

R.E. Gosnell, Legislative Librarian [1894 to 1897]
British Columbia Archives

Perhaps named after Robert 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 James 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 Railway in 1913. There was a Japanese internment camp here during World War II. The Gosnell post office operated from 1960 to 1964.


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  • Valemount Historic Society. Yellowhead Pass and its People. Valemount, B.C.: 1984
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