Tappen Cemetery

The following is a transcription of the Tappen Cemetery located in Tappen, British Columbia, Canada.


  • Latitude: 50o 47' 04.35" N.
  • Longitude: 119o 20' 35.40" W.
Entrance Archway Sign

Historical Background

Tappen, originally called Tappen Siding was named after Herbert Tappen a CPR construction contractor who installed railway rails in the area. A sawmill was located here around 1883. The name 'Tappen' appears on BC Lands map in 1891. The Tappen Siding Post Office opened on July 1, 1892 with F. McCulla as postmaster and was closed on February 1, 1897.

The earliest recorded burial in the Tappen Cemetery is 1916. The cemetery is maintained by the Tappen community.


The cemetery is approximately 3.5 acres in size and is enclosed by a fence with a gate. The graves are laid out east/west. The cemetery contains over 200 burials and the markers in the cemetery are composed of slate, marble and concrete.

Tappen Cemetery Inside View

Driving Directions

From the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) in Tappen turn west on Tappen Valley Road and proceed for approximately 1 km.

Turn south (left) on Tappen Cemetery Road and travel for approximately 3 metres.

The Tappen Cemetery is located on the right-hand side of the road.

Google View


The burials for the Tappen Cemetery can be viewed as a pdf file here » interments.pdf

Additional sources of information:

  1. Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997
  2. BC Vital Events Index
  3. Familysearch.org
  4. Golden Star, Golden, BC
  5. Post Offices and Postmasters. Library and Archives Canada
  6. Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC
  7. Wilson, Rosemary

Last updated 2012