Ben-My-Chree

Feature Type:Former Locality - A once-populated place with no current population, or that is usually uninhabited
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SW end of Taku Arm, Tagish Lake, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 59°24'50''N, 134°27'10''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 104M/8
Related Maps: 104M
104M/8

Origin Notes and History:

Ben-My-Chree (locality) adopted 16 July 1947 on 104 M; form of name changed to Ben-My-Chree (former locality) 13 July 1994 on 104 M/8.

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

Labelled on federal map 104 M editions 1, 2 & 3, but omitted from 4th edition, and from federal 1:50 000 map 104 M/8 ed.1. It is imperative that this feature be labelled on subsequent editions of 104 M and 104 M/8 - this is a well-known rendezvous for boaters, hunters, seaplanes and helicopters.

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

"This is the destination of a steamer trip from Carcross, Yukon to the west end of Taku Arm. There are several buildings here. It is closed in the winter - a small group of people (3 or 4) are flown in around the end of March to prepare the garden. After the lake is free of ice (usually in June) the stern wheeler makes overnight trips all summer until about mid-September. Ben-My-Chree is owned and operated by the White Pass and Yukon Railway, which company bought it from the Partridge estate, after the deaths of Mr & Mrs Oscar Partridge, the builders of Ben-My-Chree. As a boy, Mr. Partridge lived on the Isle of Mann; ben-my-chree is Manx for 'girl of my heart'." (June 1954 field notes, BC Geographic Div.)

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

Whitehorse resident Eric Irvine advises that Ben-My-Chree is now owned by Richard Houghlin, an American living in Sacramento, who spends very little time here. RCMP at Atlin and Carcross advise that buildings are still standing and in good repair, and that this is a well-known rendezvous for boaters, hunters, seaplanes and helicopters; most locations on the south end of Taku Arm are described in relation to Ben-My-Chree.

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