Torpy River

Name officially adopted in 1958
Earliest known reference 1910 survey
Feature type: River
Province: British Columbia
Location: Flows SW into Fraser River, NW of Kidd
Latitude: 53°44’00”
Longitude: 120°54’00”
NTS map: 93H/10
Official name listed at BC Geographical Names
Also listed at Geographical Names in Canada
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After Thomas Torpy, an American who worked as a tunnel construction foreman during the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (now part of the CNR).

In the report of his survey of the upper Fraser River in 1910, John A. Coryell mentioned the Torpy Range, “where grizzly bear are plentiful and black bear through the bench lands, where they can feast on the raspberries, huckleberries, blueberries, low-bush and high-bush cranberries found throughout this valley. Beaver are too plentiful for the comfort of the actual settler when he invades this district, and marten have been trapped for years. Three trappers and several Indians were in the district when the survey was completed.”

References:

  • Akrigg, George Philip Vernon (1913-2001), and Helen B. Akrigg. British Columbia Place Names. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997. Google Books
  • Coryell, John A. Extracts from report (Morkill River area). Victoria: British Columbia Lands Department, 1927

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