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Vancouver in Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

“Gassy Jack”

1830-1875

 

—The Founding Father of Gastown —

 
"Gassy Jack" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 10, 2010
1. "Gassy Jack" Marker
Inscription. John Deighton was born in Hull, England. He was an adventurer, river boat pilot and captain, but best known for his "gassy" monologues as a saloonkeeper. His Deighton House Hotel, erected here on the first subdivided lot, burned in the Great Fire of June 13, 1886.

On December 25, 1986, this statue was dedicated to the City of Vancouver by the owner of this historic site, Howard Meakin, a third generation Vancouver realtor.
 
Location. 49° 17.001′ N, 123° 6.259′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is at the intersection of Powell Street and Carrall Street on Powell Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1B2, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Maple (here, next to this marker); Chinese Freemasons Building (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Flack Block (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Dominion Building (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Here Stood Hamilton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 326 West Pender Street (approx. half a kilometer away); BC Permanent Building (approx. half a kilometer away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker.
"Gassy Jack" Statue and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 10, 2010
2. "Gassy Jack" Statue and Marker
The marker is mounted on the lower part of the statue, which is located in Maple Tree Square, at the confluence of Powell, Alexander, Water, and Carrall Streets.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Deighton. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online's short biography of Gassy Jack. (Submitted on February 12, 2011.) 

2. Who was Gassy Jack?. Raymond Hull and Olga Schatz, authors of a biography of Deighton, Gastown's Gassy Jack, have set up a companion website for the book, with an introduction to Deighton, including photos and background information:Vancouver's history as a city has its roots in what was a tiny settlement nicknamed Gastown. The name Gastown came into use because a Fraser River pilot turned saloonkeeper with the name Capt. John 'Gassy Jack' Deighton was in 1867 the first settler on the site from which Vancouver was to evolve.... (Submitted on February 12, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Gassy Jack image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 10, 2010
3. Gassy Jack
Mounted above the marker is a metal plaque reading:
Gassy Jack
Capt. John Deighton     1830-1875
"The Father of Gastown"
Closeup of Gassy Jack Statue image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 10, 2010
4. Closeup of Gassy Jack Statue
"Gassy Jack" Marker and Statue - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 10, 2010
5. "Gassy Jack" Marker and Statue - wide view
The statue is in Maple Tree Square, named after the large maple tree near Gassy Jack's first saloon in Vancouver. The maple was located approximately where the statue now stands. In the background is the Byrnes Block, completed in 1887.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 954 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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