Decker Lake

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Burns Lake and Houston, SE of Smithers, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°17'35''N, 125°50'43''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93K/5

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 6th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 30 June 1906. Re-approved 15 July 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 370A, Fort Fraser.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Decker was foremen of a construction gang along this section of the Collins Overland Telegraph - a telegraph line constructed through the interior of the province in the mid-1860's intended to establish a communications link between Europe and North America; the project was abandoned when an underwater cable was successfully laid across the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

....John Charles Decker (June 1974 letter from Frances Antonelli, grandaughter, file P.1.65)

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Stephen 'Steve' Decker, for whom Decker Lake is named, was the construction foreman of the Collins' Overland Telegraph in 1865 and 1866, during construction of the line from Yale to a few miles north of Hazelton where construction was halted due to the success of the Atlantic Cable. He was born at LaGrange, Penobscot, Maine on 24 Aug 1827 and died on 8 May 1911 at age 83 at the Vancouver General Hospital, having lived at Belcarra on the north shore of Burrard Inlet since 1867. He was buried a pauper in a known grave at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. There is no headstone to mark his grave." (November 2011 advice from researcher K. Guenter, Smithers.)

Source: included with note