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The naming of the Healy Pass

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Captain John Jerome Healy was a man of adventure.

During the latter-half of the 19th century, he explored the Rockies, as well as other parts of the American West.

As historian Merrily Aubrey explains, Healy Pass and Healy Creek, just south of Banff, were named in his honour.

They were named in 1884 by George Dawson, after Captain John Jerome Healy. Healy and some of his associates laid claim to several copper finds in the vicinity of Healy Creek. In fact, Dawson also applied the name Copper Mountain to a feature nearby. So, I gather there must have been copper in the area.

John Jerome Healy was a colourful character who lived his life to the fullest.

Healy was a colourful character. During the mid and late 19th century, he travelled extensively through the western-half of North America and Mexico, too, and was employed as a hunter, trapper, soldier, prospector, whiskey trader, editor, guide, scout and sheriff. Eventually, he headed north to the Klondike and established the North American Trading and Transportation company.

Now, that was an outfitting firm in Dawson City, the NAT and T was the Alaska's Commercial Company's main rival, and it built numerous supply posts and a fleet of steamboats.

Luck was with Healy. His outfitting company did well, and Healy died a wealthy man.

On the Heritage Trail, I'm Cheryl Croucher.


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