Stories, Memories and Thoughts for Fort Assiniboine ...
We love to hear the stories that people remember from their youth, especially those tales about where they grew up.
Since the most interesting history are the reminiscences told by one person to another, we want to try and record some of them before these little slices of history are lost.
If you have a tale, reminiscence or other thoughts to tell of Fort Assiniboine, about the places you knew when young, we would like to include them here.
If you're interested, we have some Guidelines about the stories that we would like to place here - please see our Story Guidelines.
Our first story about Fort Assiniboine:
Landmark: Fort Assiniboine
Location of Marker (approximate):
Lat 54.3340, Lon -114.7744
A fur trade post was built here by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1823. Two years later
with the completion of a road from Edmonton House,
Fort Assiniboine became a key trans-shipment point in a new
continental transportation system. From this time the principal route across western British North
America was via the Saskatchewan River to
Edmonton overland to
Fort Assiniboine and from there up the Athabasca River to the
Athabasca and Yellowhead passes which connect to the Pacific watershed. In the mid-1850s the Company
abandoned its transmountain system, and closed this post in the late 1870s.