Creek was originally an access point for the construction
of a continent-wide telegraph system that was to stretch from
New York across North America and the Bering Sea to Asia and
eventually to London, England. The Project was never completed:
A portion of it linked Dawson City in the Yukon with Vancouver,
BC built from 1899-1901 and covering 1,900 miles. This portion
was called the Dominion Telegraph Line, and was used as a
rout to Atlin by prospectors and trappers. In the 1930's this
line was replaced by radio, and now remains as a myriad of
overgrown trails, some of which are still used by local guides.
In 1926 the construction of a 119 km road between Telegraph
Creek and Dease Lake began. It followed the old trail blazed
by prospectors during the Cassiar gold rush and since that
time has been considerably upgraded to accomodate modern traffic.
With the completion of the Alaska Highway in the 1940's boat
traffic on the Stikine declined. The Judith Ann, a schedualed
riverboat, made her last run in the late 1960's. Today, the
river traffic consists primarily of riverboats running excursions
down to Wrangell.
Telegraph Creek is still as picturesque as ever with the powerful
Stikine River surging relentlessly past its doorstep. The
old town is situated on terraced river benches with views
of the Sawtooth and Stingy Mountains. The scenery is truly
magnificent and is remarkably different than anywhere else
in the area. Summers are dry and warm making the region an
ideal vacation destination.
The village itself has a general store, lodge, cafe, school,
nursing station and gass pumps, as well as a much slower pace
of life. On a sunny day - it is trully supernatural. Charter
flights and river boat rides are advailable to those wishing
to go on a thrilliung river tour or to view the Grand Canyon
of the Stikine. You can also fly into any one of the many
wonderful fishing lakes or hike or horseback ride one of the
Salmon fishing is one of the mainstays of the locals as is
guiding and outfitting, river tours, and working for the nearby
Golden Bear mine. Hunting and fishing in the area are excellent.
Wilderness hikers have also discovered Telegraph Creek and
its beauty. Agriculturally the area has excellent potential
with several producing ranches and farms.
One of the historic buildings, the Stikine Riversong Cafe,
Lodge and General store was a former Hudson's Bay Post. St.
Aidan's Anglican Church is another historic building located
downtown close to the river. Walk through this old section
of Telegraph Creek and past a number of old buildings that
still remain a testament to the vigor of this small northern
supply outpost. It truly feels like a walk back in time to
the days of the gold rush at the turn of the century.