Porcupine River


Porcupine River
   Discovered by John Bell, of the Hudson's Bay Company, in 1842, and explored to its junction with the Yukon, by Bell, in 1844. In 1847 Alexander Hunter Murray, of the same company, descended the Porcupine to its mouth, and built Fort Yukon, about three miles above the mouth of the Porcupine, on the east bank of the Yukon. In 1869, on the abandonment of Fort Yukon, the Hudson's Bay Company built Rampart House, on the Porcupine River, close to the international boundary. As subsequent surveys proved it to be on American territory, the fort was moved some miles to the east.
   Index: D Ascended by Robert Campbell in 1850, 125.
   Bib.: Murray, Journal of the Yukon (Canadian Archives, 1910); McConnell, Report on the Yukon and Mackenzie Basins (Geol. Survey, 1889).

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