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Kootanae House, also spelled Kootenae House, was a North West Company fur trading post built by Jaco Finlay under the direction of David Thompson near present-day Invermere, British Columbia in 1807. It was abandoned in 1812. In 1808 Thompson reckoned its location as 50°32′12″N 115°56′15″W / 50.53667°N 115.9375°W / 50.53667; -115.9375.[1] The actual location is at today's Kootenae House National Historic Site is located at 50°31′37″N 116°2′45″W / 50.52694°N 116.04583°W / 50.52694; -116.04583Coordinates: 50°31′37″N 116°2′45″W / 50.52694°N 116.04583°W / 50.52694; -116.04583[2] (the discrepancy is due to inaccuracies in Thompson's measurements).

In July 2005, Parks Canada, in cooperation with several members of the Ktunaxa Nation conducted archaeological investigations at the site of Thompson's Kootanae House at Kootenae House National Historic Site, near Invermere BC. Kootanae House was David Thompson's first post constructed in the Columbia Basin and his "jumping off point" for further explorations throughout the region.[3] The Archaeology confirms that this site is the location of a North West Company trading posts and lays to rest some inconsistencies between the site and Thompson's description of the trading post.

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References

  1. ^ Nisbet, Jack (1994). Sources of the River: Tracking David Thompson Across Western North America. Sasquatch Books. pp. 108–109. ISBN 1-57061-522-5.  
  2. ^ Kootenae House National Historic Site of Canada in the BC Geographical Names Information System
  3. ^ Kootenae House National Historic Site of Canada in the BC Geographical Names Information System

Coordinates: 50°31′37″N 116°02′45″W / 50.52694°N 116.04583°W / 50.52694; -116.04583

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