Saturday, July 16, 2011

Descendants of David Thompson's men Facebook page

For those of you who are interested in history and who may be descended from one of David Thompson's men, I have set up a Descendants of David Thompson's men Facebook page.
To join, click the Friend request, and I will let you in.
I do not have strict requirements -- in fact I am going to post the story of the Okanagan Natives who traded at Saleesh House when David Thompson's men were there.
To me at least, that means that the descendants of Chief Nkwala and other Natives who traded at David Thompson's post will also be welcome to join the group, if they wish.

If you are members of British Columbia Historical Federation and have just received their newsletter, British Columbia History [Summer 2011], you will see that John Whittaker has written and submitted an article on Athabasca Pass, the BC-Alberta Heritage Trail.
"The Athabasca Pass was one of the longest used and historically important passes within British Columbia," he writes.
"The Athabasca River, through its tributary the Whirlpool River, connects Alberta to British Columbia via Pacific Creek, Jeffrey Creek, and Wood River and eventually into the Columbia River.
"It is about seventy-two km. as the crow flies from the Athabasca River ford (Grande Traverse) to the now submerged historical site of Boat Encampment at the junction of the Canoe, Wood and Columbia Rivers.
"The Pass was used continuously by the North West Company and then the Hudson's Bay Company from 1811 to 1853."
There is lots more information about the various resting places in this article, and so if you are interested in the Athabasca Pass area and David Thompson's history, you should pick up a copy of British Columbia History; Journal of the British Columbia Historical Federation, Summer 2011, Vol. 44, No. 2 (cost about $7.00).

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