“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Jasper, Alberta — Canada’s Prairie Region (North America)

Henry House

Henry House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2022
1. Henry House Marker
Built by William Henry of the North West Company in 1811 to support David Thompson's exploration of the Athabasca Pass, Henry House stood at the head of navigation on the Athabasca River. When the pass became the principal route to the Pacific this was the staging point where travellers crossing the mountains changed from water to land transport. In the late 1820's, the post was in charge of a trader called Miette, who gave his name to the nearby Miette River. Henry House was closed in the 1830's.

Érigée en 1811 par William Henry, de la Compagnie du Nord-Ouest, pour servir de relais à l'expédition de David Thompson en route vers le col Athabasca, Henry House se dressait à la limite navigable de la rivière Athabasca. Lorsque le col devint la route principale vers le Pacifique, c'est là que les voyageurs passaient des canots aux chevaux. Vers la fin des années 1820, le poste était dirigé par un commerçant du nom de Miette, qui donna son nom à une rivière voisine. Le poste de Henry House fut abandonné au cours des années 1830.
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1975 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
Location. 52° 52.617′ N, 118° 4.331′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Alberta. Marker is on Yellowhead Highway (Provincial Highway 16) one kilometer north of Hazel Avenue (Provincial Highway 93A), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in a pull-out on the east side of the highway, overlooking the Athabasca River and former Henry House site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jasper AB T0E 1E0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 23 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gateway to a Community and a Park (approx. half a kilometer away); Jasper Information Centre/Le centre d'information de Jasper (approx. half a kilometer away); The Overlanders of 1862 / Les Argonautes de 1862 (approx. 7.7 kilometers away); David Thompson (approx. 22.2 kilometers away).
Also see . . .  History of Henry House. A North West Company post originally built by William Henry in 1811 to suport
Henry House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 6, 2022
2. Henry House Marker
(looking northeast from Yellowhead Highway • Athabasca River in background)
David Thompson's expedition to the Athabasca Pass. This small post was built at the head of navigation on Athabasca River on the eastern side of the Athabasca Pass. The Athabasca Pass provided a crossing point through the Rocky Mountains to western Canada and for a time was the principle highway from the plains to the Pacific coast for the fur trade. The post was occupied sporadically and abandoned in the 1830s. (Submitted on July 22, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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