Corbin / Michel Creek

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Sparwood, BC (Nearby: Corbin, Crowsnest, Flathead, Hosmer, Elk Prairie)

  • Corbin
  • Michel Creek

126 Aspen Dr
Sparwood, British Columbia
V0B 2G0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies

Description From Owner:
  • After Daniel Chase Corbin of Spokane, Washington, capitalist and railway builder, owner of the Corbin Coal and Coke Company.
  • Michel Creek - In 1906 Frank Harmer, the postmaster at Elk Prairie, wrote to James White, the Chief Geographer at Ottawa, that the settlement of Michel took its name from 'an old French trapper and hunter called Michel'
  • who once had a cabin on nearby Michel Prairie.
  • The person in question would be the half-Indian Pierre Michel, who accompanied the Flathead Indians on several of their campaigns and was admired by them for his bravery. At times he served the HBC as an interpreter.
  • Michel has also been identified, less convincingly, as Michael Insula, or Red Feather, 'The Little Chief' of the Flatheads in the 1850s, and as Michael Phillipps, the HBC clerk at Fort Shepherd in 1864.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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