1900s CPR and Wapta Lake, Hector, B.C. vintage photo J.H. Clarke
Well known turn-of-the-last-century photographer.
Gelatin silver print.
Ink stamped on back:
55. Wapta Lake, Hector, B.C.
J.H. CLARKE, Photographer, West Selkirk Manitoba
Great view of CPR railway with lake and mountains in background.
11.5 X 9 cm.
Crease UL corner.
John Henry Clarke
Born in England on 6 August 1860, Clarke was married with a son in 1891, when he emigrated to Canada. Arriving in Winnipeg by 1894, Clarke became employed as a photographer with Duffin & Company. He accompanied a group of Manitobans going to find their fortunes in the Klondike Gold Rush as far as Victoria, BC, returning to Winnipeg afterwards.
In 1903, Clarke moved to Selkirk where he appears to have remained for the rest of his photography career. He returned to Winnipeg after retirement, where he died of pneumonia at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 14 February 1923 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He was survived by a son.
Wapta Lake is a glacial lake in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies of eastern British Columbia, Canada. Wapta Lake is formed from Cataract Brook and Blue Creek in Yoho National Park, and is the source of the Kicking Horse River.
The Trans-Canada Highway passes on the north shore of the lake, while the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks follow the south shore.