Sheslay

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: At junction of Hackett and Sheslay Rivers, NW of Telegraph Creek (community), Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 58°15'35''N, 131°47'40''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 104J/5

Origin Notes and History:

Egnell (post) adopted in the 1st Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1898. Form of name changed to Egnell (telegraph station) in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924. Name changed to Sheslay (settlement) 21 December 1944 on 104 NE. Form of name changed to Sheslay (locality) 29 November 1984 (Ottawa file 203-2).

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

Cabin on the old telegraph trail. Earlier known as Egnell Post or Egnell's, an HBCo trading post run by Albert Egnell. Post deserted by the late 1890s and the cabin served as a repair station for the Yukon Telegraph Line in the early 1900's (still known as Egnell or Egnell's). Subsequently a number of buildings and a mission house were constructed and the place was called Sheslay. Since abandoned.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.