British Columbia Place Names by G. P. V. Akrigg

By G. P. V. Akrigg

Elephant Crossing, Houdini Needles, Miniskirt, Billy Whiskers Glacier.There are only a handful of the various vibrant names you'll encounter during this most modern variation of British Columbia position Names, which has been multiplied to hide a few 2,400 areas acros sthe province. This BC vintage and its predecessor, 1001 British Columbia position Names, jointly have offered over 29,000 copies.

British Columbia position Names is actually the paintings of a life-time. The authors, Philip and Helen Akrigg, have spent greater than 40 years getting to know BC position names, looking via data in Canada, the USA, and Britain, and making huge box journeys around the complete province to interview informants and look at websites. the result's a marvellous booklet full of striking ancient proof, attention-grabbing anecdotes, and short biographical bills of the characters for which the province’s cities, towns, rivers, lakes, mountains, and islands became namesakes. Tickletoeteaser Tower, The Lecture Cutters, Why now not Mountain, Phyllis’s Engine. The checklist of interesting names is going on. This publication may be a resource of fascination for browsers in addition to a useful source for historians. it's going to definately discover a domestic at the bookshelves or within the glove compartment of someone with an curiosity in BC history.

Philip Akrigg used to be for a few years professor of English on the Univeristy of British Columbia. Helen Akrigg additionally taught at UBC and is a earlier president of the British Columbia historic organization.

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Side of Kootenay L. (B-n). When Earl Grey, Governor-General of Canada, visited Kootenay Lake in 1906, he was so taken with the area that 24 he purchased some land here for his son, Lord Howick. The land was purchased from a James Johnstone, and the surveyor employed by Earl Grey was named Boswell. Apparently there was a viceregal jest about Boswell having followed Dr. Johnson. In any event Grey named the newly acquired property the Boswell Ranch. BOTANICAL BEACH, SW of Port Renfrew (A-y). As early as 1900 the abundant intertidal marine life led the University of Minnesota's Dr.

At stake were the caribou hunting grounds in the area. BATTLE MOUNTAIN, W. of Alexis Creek (E-8). M. Dawson noted the name in the 18705. A. Teit, below this mountain 'may be seen a number of boulders which, according to tradition, are the transformed bodies of Alexandria warriors who strayed over the cliff in the dark while on the way to attack a camp of Chilcotin who lived in the vicinity' (The Shuswap, p. 784). BATTLE OF BRITAIN RANGE, S. of Muncho L. Park (K-7). Whereas the name of the range commemorates the valour of the Royal Air Force in repelling the German aerial onslaught on Britain in 1940, individual mountains in it commemorate not only the allied leaders (Mount Churchill and Mount Roosevelt) and the places of their meetings (Teheran Mountain, Yalta Peak), but also the battles in which Canadian troops served (Dieppe Mountain, Falaise Mountain, and Ortona Mountain).

8-9). After Captain Lewis N. Agassiz. Having sold his commission in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, he emigrated first to Prince Edward Island and then to Ontario. In 1858 he arrived in Victoria among the thousands of gold-seekers pouring in from California. After some time in the Cariboo goldfields, he turned to farming in the Fraser Valley. Preempting land in the Agassiz Valley in 1862, Captain Agassiz and his family finally took up residence here in 1867, giving his place the ultra-English name of Ferny Coombe.

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