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Author:  david demello [ March 9th, 2016, 11:29 pm ]
Post subject:  What P.G. Downes said about Fort Hall and Fort Hall Lake

From Reindeer Lake to Eskimo Point - Peter Kazaks

pg. 61 "Nobody seems to know where Fort Hall, which gives the lake its name, might have been. P.G. Downes saw no trace of it in 1940. (should be 1939 D.D.) - ".......A stiff quartering west wind was all the more reason top stop at a promontory - an esker on the east side overlooking the sandy narrows. There, clustered together on the hill were four burial sites, each surrounded by a white picket fence...."

pg. 66 "The next day we explored an old trading post at the north end of Thanout Lake. It was well-built and sturdy....."
"Tryell had visited Chief Red Hair here in 1894, perhaps in the old cabin."


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Sleeping Island P.G. Downes copyright, 1943, by Coward-McCann,inc

Pg. 144 "Fort Hall Lake, the headwaters of the Kasmere River, Nueltin's Lakes's chief tributary , has been known by a variety of names. In the Tyrrell report it was called Thanout Lake or Gravel-ridge Lake. To the Chipewyans it was known as Tha-nai-tua or "Sand-ridges-around-the-shore" Lake. To the few white men, trappers, and traders, it is known as "Fort Hall Lake". This latter name, now used by both Cree and Chipewyan, seems by far the most appropriate and apt. It derives from an abandoned trading post originally called Husky Post but of later years Fort Hall, from its founder.

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.....The total length of the lake was thirteen and one half miles, and was divided nearly in half by a transverse esker which was pierced through to form a narrows

pg 146. We passed through the bisected esker......and noticed on the top of a sand hill on the east side two graves.

Pg 151. "....., but we eventually pulled by two high islands, and then ........to our joy and relief the gaunt, abandoned log and mud buildings of Fort Hall.

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Author:  Paddle Power [ March 10th, 2016, 5:34 pm ]
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Nice photograph and nice work sussing out the facts.

Fond memories. I was there back in 1997, that's almost two decades ago (and I'm a young man, so to speak--it's all relative--I'm younger than you).

Author:  david demello [ March 13th, 2016, 12:00 am ]
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Author:  david demello [ March 15th, 2016, 11:39 pm ]
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