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Kamloops (City) / Brigade Lake / Dufferin / Greenstone Mountain / Harpers Creek ~ Mountain / McQueen Lake

Phone : (250) 828-3311
Your Host(s) : Municipal Administration

Kamloops, BC (Nearby: Powers Addition, Sahali, North Kamloops, Aberdeen, Dufferin)

  • Brigade Lake
  • Dufferin
  • Greenstone Mountain
  • Harpers Creek / Mountain
  • Kamloops

7 Victoria Street West
Kamloops, British Columbia
V2C 1A2

British Columbia Tourism Region : Thompson Okanagan

Description From Owner:
  • On the old HBC trail linking Kamloops with Tulameen and Hope. Probably the fur brigades camped here, because of the excellent pasturage for the horses, on their first night out from Kamloops.
  • Dufferin - This suburb takes its name from Dufferin Hill, so named since Lord Dufferin, the Governor-General, sketched the view from here when, with Lady Dufferin, he visited Kamloops in 1876.
  • Greenstone Mountain - A translation of the Shuswap Indian name, 'Kwil-äl-kwila' (‘green stone').
  • Harpers Creek / Mountain - After Jerome and Thaddeus Harper, brothers who arrived in British Columbia in 1859 or earlier and built an enormous cattle empire in the Cariboo.
  • Jerome died in 1874. In 1888 Thaddeus sold 38,572 acres, including the Gang Ranch and land by the South Thompson River and Cache Creek, but he went bankrupt the next year. He died in 1898. Also MOUNT HARPER, NE of Kamloops.
  • Kamloops - John Tod, the veteran HBC man who in 1841 took over the fort here after the murder of Chief Factor Black, noted in his memoirs: 'The Shuswap Indians called the place 'Kahm-o-loops', meaning 'the meeting of the waters.''
  • The first white man to visit the area was David Stuart of the Pacific Fur Company, who came by way of the Okanagan in 1811-12. He was followed in May 1812 by his associate, Alexander Ross.
  • For ten days Ross traded with some 2,000 Indians 'at a place called by the Indians Curncloups.' Later that summer Stuart returned and built the first fort, apparently on the site of modern downtown Kamloops.
  • In November he was followed by Joseph LaRocque, who built the North West Company's Fort Thompson on the other side of the river, in the wide angle formed by the confluence of the North and South Thompson.
  • Soon after, when the NWC bought out the Pacific Fur Company, Stuart's fort was abandoned, and only Fort Thompson remained in business.
  • Ross Cox, writing during the earliest days of Fort Thompson, observed: 'Messrs LaRocque and M'Donald, who wintered among them, state that the Kamloops are less friendly than any other tribe among whom we have posts established.
  • They are addicted to thieving and quarreling, wear little clothing, and are extremely dirty in their persons.'
  • In 1842 John Tod built a new fort on the site of North Kamloops. In 1862 it was abandoned and a fourth fort built close to where Stuart's original fort seems to have stood.
  • In 1912 the HBC observed the centenary of Fort Thompson by opening its large department store. The names Fort Kamloops, Fort Thompson, and Thompson River Post were used interchangeably during the fur-trading period.
  • When a post office was established here in 1870, the name chosen was Kamloops. The City of Kamloops was incorporated in 1893.
  • McQueen Lake - After Isaac Brock McQueen, an Overlander of 1862. He came to the Kamloops area in 1865, logged and ranched here, and died in 1894.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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  • Memaloose Creek

  • A Chinook jargon word meaning variously 'to kill,' 'to die,' 'to decay,' or 'to become rotten.'

  • Memaloose Creek

  • Peterson Creek

  • Originally Jacko Creek, it is named for John Peterson, who in 1868 pre-empted land that is part of the site of present day Kamloops. In 1884 he sold this land on the creek to the New Township Syndicate.

  • Shumway Lake

  • After Ammi Warren Shumway, a Mormon who left Salt Lake City after the death of his wife in 1863. Arriving in British Columbia, he became a packer on the Cariboo Road, wintering pack animals in the upper Nicola Valley. He helped in the search for the McLean outlaws in 1879.

  • Trapp Lake

  • After Thomas J. Trapp, an Englishman who started ranching in the area in 1874. After heavy losses in the bad winter of 1879-80, he moved to New Westminster and became a prosperous hardware merchant.

  • Ussher Lake

  • James T. Ussher, BC government agent at Kamloops, was murdered here in 1879 when he tried to arrest the McLean Gang on charges of horse stealing.

  • Aberdeen Hills

  • These were named after John Campbell Gordon, seventh Earl of Aberdeen, Governor-General of Canada from 1893 to 1898, who visited Kamloops in November 1894. The name has also been applied to a subdivision and shopping centre in the southwestern section of the city. Also named after Lord Aberdeen were ABERDEEN LAKE and ABERDEEN MOUNTAIN (now Silver Star Mtn.) in the Vernon area, where Lord Aberdeen bought the Coldstream Ranch from F.G. Vernon in 1891.

  • Battle Bluff

  • Writing of Dr. A.R.C. Selwyn's survey party, which passed this bluff in 1871, Benjamin Baltzly, the photographer who accompanied them, recorded:

    Here, at the foot of this rock, a naval battle was fought about a hundred years ago between two Indian tribes at least so the Indians say. The victorious tribe stained or painted a large projecting rock, which is about 15 feet above water, with some kind of red material to commemorate the place. Many of the present Indians have superstitious notions in relation to this place. The Bluff had no name, although it is the most prominent point on the lake, so we named it Battle Bluff.

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