Telegraph Creek

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: At junction of Telegraph Creek and Stikine River, SW of Dease Lake, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 57°54'00''N, 131°10'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 104G/14

Origin Notes and History:

Telegraph Creek (village) adopted in 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as labelled on BC Lands' map 1H, 1917. Form of name changed to Telegraph Creek (Post Office) in the 1953 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Telegraph Creek (community) 15 March 1983 on 104G/14.

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

Telegraph Creek Post Office was opened 14 June 1899.

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

The Western Union Telegraph Company's projected line to connect the Old World and the New by way of Behring Strait [sic], 1866, crossed the Stikine River at this point.

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