BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Bennett Lake
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Feature Types.
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Lake - Inland body of standing water
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: Straddles BC-Yukon boundary, W of Atlin Lake, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 59°55'30''N, 134°56'20''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 104M/15
Related MapClick here for an explanation of Related Maps.: 104M/14
104M/15
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Origin Notes and History:

"Lake Bennett" adopted in the 1st Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1898. Identified as Bennett Lake in all subsequent gazetteers and decision lists.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Inlet in Yukon, outlet in British Columbia.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Named in 1883 by Frederick Schwatka, US Army officer and explorer, after James Gordon Bennett (1841-1918), editor of the New York Herald and sponsor of the 2 year+ search for the remains of the Franklin Expedition, 1878-81, under Schwatka's command. Earlier, Bennett had financed Stanley's search for Livingstone (1869-71), and in 1875 had financed a search for the Northwest Passage - all parties accompanied by a New York Herald correspondent and photographer.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"...taking over the New York Herald from his father in 1867, [Bennett] continued a tradition of aggressive news gathering and financed several famous international expeditions, including Henry Morton Stanley's successful search in central Africa for David Livingstone (1869--71). He moved to Paris in 1877, conducting his business from there via cables, correspondence, and the summoning of editors. In 1883, with John Mackay, he founded a company to lay transatlantic cables, breaking Jay Gould's monopoly. Four years later he established the renowned Paris edition of the Herald. An avid sportsman, he established international trophies in yachting, automobile, and aeronautical racing." (from: www biography.com January 2002)
Source: included with note