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Northern Cemeteries and Graves

A Guide to Bennett, BC


The Cemetery at Bennett, BC

by Murray Lundberg


The Cemetery at Bennett, BC

The following monument and graves have been photographed and posted here so far:

South of the cemetery, in the forest near the One Mile River, is a solitary grave:

We have also posted some other photos of various aspects of the Bennett cemetery.





White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

Erected in memory of five men who "died while constructing the W. P. & Y. R. R.":
J. Cumberland, Andrew Aidukewicz, John McAllister, William Nelson, and A. Kelly.

A close view of the stone can be seen here.





In memory of

Emlie Brown

Age 33 years (?)
Died Aug. 4, 1899

A close view of the headboard can be seen here.





James McCue

Died Oct. 24, 1898
Age 63 yrs.

A close view of the headboard can be seen here.





At rest but not forgotten

Laughlen McLean

Age 62 years
Died May 14th, 1898

Leaves a wife & family at Richmond, P. Quebec, Canada





Michael Bernard McKanna
of Douglas Island, Alaska

Aged 50 years
Died June 13th, 1899

He lives in memory still

A close view of the headboard can be seen here.





Sacred to the memory of

Const. Ernest Edward Pearson, N.W.M.P.
Regimental No. 3177

Who died at Lake Bennett
30th August 1898

Cst. Pearson died of typhoid, and this new marker was placed during an RCMP ceremony in 1998.





J. W. Mathes

Died June 12, 1897

Mathes shot himself after losing his outfit trying the navigate the One Mile River.

This photo of the new grave surround and headboard was shot in 2009 - a close view of the headboard in 2013 can be seen here.





A general view of the cemetery, looking to the northeast.

Some wood remains from a 2008 cemetery restoration project - the pieces of wood are historic artifacts and so will remain here. Yukon historian Michael Gates wrote about the project, and some of the people buried here, in "History hunting is more than just history".

Pits at the cemetery are thought to indicate exhumations.