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- Mamquam River - The meaning of this Squamish Indian name is uncertain. One source says that it is onomatopoeic, echoing the murmur of smooth-running stretches of the river.
- Mount Murchison - After Sir Roderick l. Murchison (1792-1871), one of the more formidable of the Victorians.
- Aided by a commanding presence, great energy, a highly supportive wife, and a private fortune, he cut out for himself a notable career,
- becoming president of the Geological Society, president for many years of the Royal Geographical Society, and director-general of Britain's Geological Survey.
- He was a coauthor of a book on the geology of Russia and published many papers on the geology of Britain and Switzerland, but a lack of imagination kept him from matching the achievements of Lyell and Sedgwick, with whom he worked.
- Shannon Creek - Also SHANNON FALLS PARK. After William Shannon (1843-1928), who manufactured bricks here before World War l.
- Squamish - This town and SQUAMISH RIVER take their name from the local Indians. No meaning is known for Squamish.
- Around 1912 some real estate promoters, thinking that a more 'civilized' name would attract customers, renamed Squamish 'Newport.'
- The name was never popular with the local people, and a few years later the PGE Railway held a contest, inviting school children throughout the province to select a new name and win $500.
- The prize-winning new name was the old name, Squamish.
- Stawamus River - Takes its name from a once populous village of the Squamish band that stands at the mouth of this river. According to Indian tradition, people from this village greeted Captain Vancouver off nearby Watts Point in 1792.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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