CHITTENDEN, Newton




Author Tags: 1850-1900, Early B.C., Haida Gwaii

The first white man to explore the interior of the Queen Charlotte Islands, Captain Newton Chittenden was an American lawyer and lecturer who wrote both popular and governmental reports. He was a Union Calvary Regiment officer during the Civil War who was admitted to the Supreme Court. He also exhibited Indian and Inuit relics in Europe. These he collected while travelling 3,400 miles on burro and foot through the Southwest, Northwest Coast, and Central Plains. His collection was donated to the B.C. Provincial Museum. Chittenden's grandson Wilfrid 'Curley' Chittenden wrote two illustrated histories of Fraser Valley logging.

BOOKS:

Settlers', Prospectors' and Tourists' Guide or Travels Through British Columbia (Victoria, 1882).
Also published under the name Travels in British Columbia and Alaska; Circular 10 of the World's Guide for Home, Health and Pleasure Seekers, Containing New and Valuable Information Concerning this Comparatively Unknown Region, Its Physical Features, Climate, Resources and Inhabitants. Republished as Travels in British Columbia (Gordon Soules, 1984)

Health Seekers', Tourists' and Sportsmen's Guide to the Sea-side, Lake-side, Foothill, Mountain, and Mineral Spring Health and Pleasure Resorts of the Pacific Coast. (San Francisco, C.A. Murdock & Co., 1884)

Official Report of the Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands for the Government of British Columbia (Government of British Columbia, 1884).
Also republished as Exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Gordon Soules, 1984)

Settlers', Miners' and Tourist's Guide From Ocean to Ocean by the C.P.R., the Great Transcontinental Short Line Through a Region of Unsurpassed Attractions for Settler, Miner and Tourist. (Ottawa, James Hope & Co., 1885)

[BCBW 2003] "Early B.C." "QCI" "1850-1900"