Princeton (Town) / Skaist Mountain / Snass Creek / Whipsaw Creek / Windy Joe Mountain / Asp Creek

Phone : (250) 295-3135
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Princeton, BC (Nearby: Allenby, Jura, Coalmont, Allison Lake, Tulameen)

  • Princeton
  • Skaist Mountain
  • Snass Creek
  • Whipsaw Creek
  • Windy Joe Mountain
  • Asp Creek

151 Vermilion Ave.
Princeton, British Columbia
V0X 1W0

British Columbia Tourism Region : Thompson Okanagan

Description From Owner:
  • Princeton - Close to here, on the banks of the Tulameen River, is an outcropping of red ochre, prized by the Indians for face paint.
  • This deposit accounts for the early names of Vermilion Forks and Red Earth Forks given to the settlement that grew up near the junction of the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers. It was also known as Similkameen and Allison's.
  • The name of Princeton dates from 1860, when Governor Douglas gave this name to the new townsite, which had been laid out below the forks.
  • He chose this name in honour of the Prince of Wales (later Edward V Il), who visited eastern Canada this year. 'Princetown' was a frequent early spelling of the name.
  • Skaist Mountain - This name has the same derivation as that of Skihist Mountain.
  • Snass Creek - Snass is the highly expressive Chinook jargon word for 'rain.'
  • Whipsaw Creek - Early gold-hunters, needing lumber with which to build sluice-boxes and flumes, whipsawed their lumber in sawpits close to this stream.
  • In this primitive method of sawing, a log was rolled onto two skids over a pit. One man stood on top of the log and another down in the pit, and they pulled the saw up and down.
  • Progress was slow …100 feet board measure was a good day's work.
  • Windy Joe Mountain - Lyons recalled the naming of this mountain:
  • It was the first lookout that Bob Boyd, the early park ranger, could get up easily, and the wind blew up there like mad across the top of this.
  • One of the trappers that had been in when we came in, Joe Hilton, started to work for us and became the lookout man, so the combination of the wind blowing through there and Joe being up on it got to be the reference of Windy Joe Mountain.
  • Asp Creek - After Charles Asp, miner and rancher. The Reverend John Goodfellow remembered him as 'a tough hombre who looked like Father Time without his scythe.'
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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