Cariboo Range

Feature type: Mountain Range
Province: British Columbia
Location: Former name for Cariboo Mountains

Map of the Cariboo Mining District to illustrate the report of Amos Bowman

Map of the Cariboo Mining District to illustrate the report of Amos Bowman
Cariboo Gold Rush

This former name for the Cariboo Mountains originally included all of that range, but early mountaineers restricted “Cariboo Range” to “that higher portion of the Cariboo Range which is E. of the Raush River and the headwaters of the Azure River, and E. and N. of the North Thompson River” (Zillmer 1944).

Amos Bowman’s 1887 map of the Cariboo Mining District labelled these mountains as “Cariboo Range,” but the name “Cariboo Mountains” was instead officially adopted in 1918. Neither “Cariboo Range” (nor “McLennan Range”) are official names.

Both Munday (1948) and Thorington (1949) state that “[the Cariboo range] is now officially the McLennan Range,” referring to the restricted area along the headwaters of the McLennan River. Zillmer (1950) contradicted that with reference to communications with the Canadian Board on Geographical Names and Chief Cartographer of British Columbia.

References:

  • Bowman, Amos [1839–1894]. Maps of the principal auriferous creeks in the Cariboo mining district, British Columbia. Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 1895. Hathi Trust
  • Bowman, Amos [1839–1894]. Map of the Cariboo Mining District, British Columbia, to illustrate the report of Amos Bowman. Cariboo Gold Rush
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “Explorations in the Southern Cariboos.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 27 (1939):48-61. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “The Exploration of the Cariboo Range from the East.” American Alpine Journal, 5:2 (1944):261-274. American Alpine Club
  • Munday, Walter Alfred Don [1890–1950]. “That terrible snow-peaked range.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 31 (1948):77-. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “The first crossing of the Cariboo Range.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 31 (1948):26–37. Alpine Club of Canada
  • Thorington, James Monroe [1895-1989]. “Canada, Cariboo Range.” American Alpine Journal, 7:2 (1949). American Alpine Club
  • Zillmer, Raymond T. [1887–1960]. “Cariboo Range.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 27 (1950):120. Alpine Club of Canada

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