Mica Mountain

Feature type: Mountain
Province: British Columbia
Location: SW of junction of Tête Creek and Fraser River
Latitude: 52°53’00”
Longitude: 119°32’00”
NTS map: 83D/13
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
Name adopted in 1962
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In 1882 James MacKinlay of Kamloops found a deposit of mica on this mountain. The fifteen-foot wide vein of fair grade, light green muscovite was to tantalize various miners for the next several years. In 1887 John Fremont Smith of Kamloops organized an expedition which included Louis, chief of one of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) bands, and a number of his retainers. With ever-changing crews, Smith pegged away at what he called his Bonanza Mine until at least 1899. In 1912 Smith was appointed Agent for the Kamloops Indian Agency, which included the North Thompson.

References:

  • MacGregor, James Grierson [1905-1989]. Overland by the Yellowhead. Saskatoon: Western Producer, 1974
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