British Columbia Place Names

British Columbia Place Names

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Elephant Crossing. Houdini Needles. Miniskirt, Tickletoeteaser Tower, and Why Not Mountain. These are just some of the many names of places, rivers, mountains, and lakes that you will come across in the newest edition of British Columbia Place Names. This classic which, in its various editions, has sold over 29, 000 copies, covers about 2, 500 geographical features, cities, towns, and smaller communities in the province. The book abounds with fascinating historical facts, stories, and remarkable characters involved with the names of towns, cities, rivers, lakes, mountains, and islands. The selection was determined by the geographical importance of the feature as well as story of the naming. In the introduction the authors deal with the stages by which B.C. acquired its place names, the history of research into those names, and the categories into which they fall. The latter range from the honorific and commemorative to the comic and disrespectful. Aboriginal names receive particular attention. The location of each place is clearly indicated and the text is accompanied by detailed maps. Brief biographical accounts of persons with places named after them as well as an abundance of anecdotes make this a fascinating book for browsers and an invaluable resource for historians.Map References The bracketed letters and numbers that follow each place name are grid references to the map of British Columbia in this book ... For a few minor features, it will be necessary to consult the NTS maps using the scale I:5o, 0oo.

Title:British Columbia Place Names
Author:G.P. (Philip) V. Akrigg, Helen Akrigg
Publisher:UBC Press - 2011-11-01


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