Buckingham House

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Buckingham House (1792-1800) - A Hudson's Bay Company post established by William Tomison in 1792 near present day Elk Point, Alberta, Canada. The North West Company had earlier established Fort George nearby. Abandoned in 1800.

View from Buckingham House Site, Tomison Plaque in Foreground
Buckingham House Building Outline and Monument
Buckingham House Site
Buckingham House Plan from Park Sign

History of Buckingham House

Established in October 1792 by William Tomison for the Hudson's Bay Company in response to the building of Fort George by the North West Company. Tomison built Buckingham House just several hundred yards from Fort George but on higher ground. Fort George was always the larger of the two posts with some 60 men and their families while Buckingham House had about 38 men and their families. The two posts shared a water supply (well) and came together when a common defense was required. There was a fierce competition for the fur trade.

The competition for beaver pelts caused a drastic decline in the local beaver population and in 1800 both posts were abandoned and moved further upriver where the beaver still thrived.

Current Status

Buckingham House Monument

Part of the Fort George and Buckingham House Provincial Historic Site near Elk Point, Alberta. The Buckingham House site is interpreted with poles indicating the palisade corners and gates. Major buildings are outlined with timbers and built up corners. No replica buildings. Lots of interpretive signage and a monument.



Location: near Elk Point, Alberta.

Maps & Images

Lat: 53.86485 Long: -110.76506

See Also:

Sources:

  • Huck, Barbara et al., Exploring the Fur Trade Routes of North America, Heartland, Winnipeg, 2012, ISBN 978-1-896150-20-8, 288 pages, page 184

Links:

Visited: 18 Jul 2014



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