Swiftcurrent Creek

British Columbia. Creek: Fraser River drainage
Flows SE into Fraser River, SW of Robson River
53°01’00” N 119°16’00” W — Map 83E/3 — GoogleGeoHack
Earliest known reference to this name is 1898.
Name officially adopted in 1951
Official in BCCanada

“Swift-current River is an erratic, turbulent stream fed by glaciers. It may sometimes be forded without difficulty in the morning and the same evening be utterly impassable,” wrote James McEvoy, who surveyed the area in 1898.

That same year a placer strike was made on the creek and several prospecting parties flocked in. After working for a season without finding enough gold to pay their expenses, they left.

References:

  • McEvoy, James [1862–1935]. Report on the geology and natural resources of the country traversed by the Yellowhead Pass route from Edmonton to Tête Jaune Cache comprising portions of Alberta and British Columbia. Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 1900. Natural Resources Canada
  • McEvoy, James [1862–1935]. “Map Showing Yellowhead Pass Route From Edmonton To Tête-Jaune Cache.” (1900). Natural Resources Canada
  • MacGregor, James Grierson. Overland by the Yellowhead. Saskatoon: Western Producer, 1974. Internet Archive

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