McLeod Lake General Store - McLeod Lake, BC
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N 54° 59.279 W 123° 02.001
10U E 497866 N 6093454
Quick Description: McLeod Lake is the site of the first continuously inhabited European settlement established west of the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the surrounding community still inhabited today.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/16/2019 11:48:14 AM
Waymark Code: WM10RE1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iHam
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Long Description:
The oldest continuously occupied Euro-Canadian site in British Columbia, Fort McLeod was first established by the Northwest Company in 1805 as a fur trading post. From 1821 until 1952 the post was operated by the Hudson's Bay Company, first as a fur trading post and later as a Hudson's Bay Company Store. Founded in 1670, the Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest company in North America.

The community which grew around the Hudson's Bay post remains quite small, with a population just under 100 at present. Adjacent is the McLeod Lake Indian Reserve No. 1, home of an Athabascan Sekani people known as "Tse'Khene" (the people of the rock, in reference to the Rocky Mountains). The population of the reserve is also just under 100.

Stretching along both sides of Highway 97, McLeod Lake consists almost entirely of residences, the only business being the Post Office & General Store. It is operated by a woman who moved to McLeod Lake and took over ownership of the business just a half year ago. The post office has no post office boxes, being "General Delivery" only. The general store stocks just what one expects to find in a general store, a little bit of pretty much everything. Sporting both Coca Cola and Pepsi signs on the front of the building, this is also the local liquor outlet. A large sign by Highway 97 reminds passersby that the store also stocks Hunting & Fishing Supplies and Most Everything Else.

Originally named Trout Lake Fort, it was founded by the explorer and North West Company trader Simon Fraser in 1805 and was for a while known as La Malice Fort, after an employee left in charge during Fraser's absence. It became known soon after as Fort McLeod during the tenure of Archibald Norman McLeod, who was in charge of the post for many years. The site of the fort was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1953.
From Wiki

Located west of Highway 97 near the community of McLeod Lake in north central British Columbia, the fort has been moved from its original site a short distance west along the lakeshore. The only remaining extant buildings at the fort, a workshop, a house, an icehouse and a warehouse, are all twentieth century buildings, built between 1926 and the early 1940s.

While a National Historic Site, the CNHS plaque for the fort is not at the site of the fort but in front of the McLeod Lake Post Office & General Store on Highway 97, about 620 metres (2,030 feet) to the southeast. The fort itself is at the northwest corner of McLeod Lake, down a short dirt road leading southeast off Carp Lake Road.

McLeod's Lake Post

Established in 1805, McLeod's Lake Post is the longest continually occupied European settlement in British Columbia. Representatives of the Northwest Company, out of Montreal, set up this post in order to take over the Native trade in the northern part of British Columbia. But, the traders did not "take over" so much as add on to the existing trade. Therefore, there was little conflict during the history of this fur trade post.

In 1821, the Hudson's Bay Company and the Northwest Company joined forces under the name Hudson's Bay Company. They operated a store here until 1952. They then moved their store across the lake to the Hart Highway where it stands today.

In 1969 the site came under the management of the Province of British Columbia. At present three buildings date to the 1920s and one to the 1940s. These buildings are more than just a fur trader's residence and work and storage space, they are also a part of the heritage of the Tsek'ehne people. They lived and worked in this area prior to the fur traders' arrival and are still the main group in the area today. From the plaque at the fort

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Type of store: Independent

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