SMITHERS, town, pop 5,217 (2006), lies in the BULKLEY Valley halfway between PRINCE GEORGE and PRINCE RUPERT. It is named for Sir Alfred Waldron Smithers (1850–1924), a London financier and chairman of the GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RWY when the site was made a major divisional point for the railway in 1913. Nearby EVELYN is named for one of his daughters. Before 1913 the area was barely settled and members of the WET'SUWET'EN First Nation were the main inhabitants. Smithers was the first...

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