Walker Creek

Feature type: Creek (1)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Torpy River, N of Holy Cross Mountain
Latitude: 53°48’00”
Longitude: 120°54’00”
NTS map: 93H/15
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names

British Columbia Land Surveyor James Alexander Walker (d. 1959) started surveys in the upper Fraser River area in 1912, the year he received his BCLS commission. In 1913 and 1914, he surveyed within the three-mile land reserve on the Fraser near McBride, subdividing the country into 40-acre tracts. That year 80,000 acres of land was opened by the provincial government. Walker reported that “a great rush resulted, about 175 pre-emptions having been filed upon. All summer clearing land and building cabins have been the chief industries in the valley. A splendid type of settlers, by far the majority of whom are English-speaking, has come in. There are no Indians in the valley from Tête Jaune Cache to the Fort George Indian reserves.”

References:

  • Andrews, Gerald Smedly. Professional land surveyors of British Columbia. Cumulative nominal roll. Victoria: Corporation of Land Surveyors of British Columbia, 1978
  • Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. British Columbia representative: D.F. Pearson, director of surveys and mapping, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Victoria..
  • Walker, James A. South fork of Fraser River, vicinity of McBride. November 11, 1914. Victoria: Government of British Columbia, 1915

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