McDame Post is bandoned Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) trading post (seen on a 1920 HBC map as McDame's Creek). It is located about 14 km east of Good Hope Lake, on the Rapid River, a major tributary of the Dease River. Trade here was with both Tahltan and Kaska Indians. The creek (formerly called "Nigger Creek") and the post were named after Henry McDame, a black miner who was born in the Bahamas and discovered gold here in 1874. The main trading post building burned in about 2010. The road from the Stewart-Cassiar Highway is best considered a 4x4 trail, although it is passable by small vehicles in very dry weather.
The cemetery containing about 15 graves is located above the HBC post, overlooking the Rapid River. The majority of the graves, several of which are for children, are from 1929, likely due to one of the influenza or smallpox epidemics which decimated the native population of this region.
GPS Coordinates: 59.18659, -129.22967
- Added: 25 Nov 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2656016
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