Camsell River, NWT

Position: 65:30N-117:00W. Opened in July 1932 to serve the White Eagle Silver Mines. Station was closed in July 1936 when the mining operation ceased.

Edmondon Bulletin article 1933

camsell River postal cover

Subject: re:  Camsell River NWT Station

I saw the NWT and Yukon Radio System website and thought I could add something about the Camsell River, NWT station as follows.

A post office opened at Camsell River on December 5, 1933.  It was located in the offices of the White Eagle Silver Mines Ltd. with Leonard George Smith as the postmaster.  When the mine closed, the post office was moved to the Royal Canadian Signal Service station office on January 24, 1935 with Frank Joseph Rapp as the new postmaster.  The radio station and post office closed on August 11, 1935.  At the time of the closure, the population consisted of the two radio operators and the mine caretaker.

Envelopes (or covers as collectors call them) from this post office are very scarce past the first couple of days of operation.  I have attached a scan of the latest known cover from Camsell River as it was sent by Fred J. Peet the author of the book mentioned in the current posting to the website.
Kevin O’Reilly

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