Approximately 12 km north ofJasper
52.9867 N 118.0628 W — Map 083D16 — Google — GeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1951
Official in Canada
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway station built in 1911
Milton and Cheadle’s map 1865
Trutch’s map of BC 1871
Hanington’s map Smoky River Pass 1875
Tolmie and Dawson map Indian Tribes of BC 1884
Frederick Talbot’s map GTP 1910
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway map [ca. 1912]
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway ticket 1914
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway map ca. 1918
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway map 1919
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway stations
“Henry’s House” or “William Henry’s Old House” was a minor trading post near Athabasca Pass. In 1811, while David Thompson [1770–1857] was making his way over the Pass, William Henry, the eldest son of Alexander Henry, provided support on the eastern side of the mountains. He a built a post on the Athabasca River near the mouth of the Miette River, where the trail from the passes reached the head of navigation. At this point travellers coming over the mountains transferred from horses to canoes for the journey down river.
The normal route over the mountains was from Jasper House west to Boat Encampment on the Columbia Riverr. To save time one could take a light (non-freight) 50 miles more up the Athabasca River to Henry’s House and cross the mountains from there. George Simpson [1792–1860] and John McLoughlin used this route in 1824.
William Henry (1783?-1846?) was a fur trader in the service of the North West Company [1779–], and it was after him that this trading post and later locality was named in 1912.
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- Wikipedia. Henry House