Flows S into Fraser River, E of Croydon
53.05 N 119.6333 W — Map 83E/4 — Google — GeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1871 (Trutch)
Name officially adopted in 1951
Official in BC – Canada
Trutch’s map of BC 1871
Collie 1912 map north of Yellowhead Pass
“Small River” appears on the 1871 map of British Columbia Surveyor General <Joseph William Trutch [1826–1904]’s 1871. Somewhere along the way it was officially demoted to a creek.
In 1909, Stanley Washburn [1878–1950] said “Small River” was one of the names “given by the trappers.”
Edward Willet Dorland Holway [1853–1923] approached the creek from its headwaters in 1915:
At the head of Horse Creek is a great glacier with several peaks about 10,500 feet, and between Horse Creek and Small River, on a branch of which we now were, is a very fine glacier-covered mountain around 10,500 feet.…
We followed Small River to a cabin on the Fraser, where we found flour and potatoes, crossed in the morning to an old construction camp, where there were just spikes enough to build a small raft, upon which we piled our things and floated down to Croydon, where we had left our trunks.
- Washburn, Stanley [1878–1950]. Trails, trappers and tenderfeet in the new empire of Western Canada. London: A. Melrose, 1912. Hathi Trust
- Holway, Edward Willet Dorland [1853–1923]. “First ascent of Mt. Edith Cavell and explorations in the Mt. Longstaff Region.” Canadian Alpine Journal, Vol. 7 (1916):51-53. Alpine Club of Canada