British Columbia Place NamesBook - 1997
Elephant Crossing. Houdini Needles. Miniskirt, TickletoeteaserTower, and Why Not Mountain. These are just some of the many names ofplaces, rivers, mountains, and lakes that you will come across in thenewest edition of British Columbia Place Names. This classicwhich, in its various editions, has sold over 29,000 copies, coversabout 2,500 geographical features, cities, towns, and smallercommunities in the province.
The book abounds with fascinating historical facts, stories, andremarkable characters involved with the names of towns, cities, rivers,lakes, mountains, and islands. The selection was determined by thegeographical 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, andthe categories into which they fall. The latter range from thehonorific and commemorative to the comic and disrespectful. Aboriginalnames receive particular attention. The location of each place isclearly indicated and the text is accompanied by detailed maps. Briefbiographical accounts of persons with places named after them as wellas an abundance of anecdotes make this a fascinating book for browsersand an invaluable resource for historians.