Camp McKinney

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SE of Baldy Mountain, NE of Osoyoos, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°07'00''N, 119°11'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82E/3

Origin Notes and History:

Camp McKinney adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 420A, as a long established name and as identified in BC Department of Mines Reports from 1888 onwards. Re-approved 7 October 1954 in the position as labelled on 82E/SW.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Camp McKinney Post Office opened 1 January 1895, H. Nicholson postmaster; closed 30 April 1912.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Alfred McKinney and McKinney Camp [sic] identified in BC Mines Reports from 1888 onwards: "On the 10th of August [1889] ...I was agreeably surprised to find such a well-constructed little mining town, named after the discoverer, 'McKinney'. I found the mines, as they have been represented to be, very rich; it is only a question of a very short time when there will be one of the richest mining camps ever known in this Province." (Walter Dewdney, Gold Commissioner, BC Mines Report, 1889, p.317). "...the only work is on the Cariboo and Amelia claims, the property of the Cariboo M.M.& S. Co. of Spokane....about $250,000 in gold produced...about 18,000 tons of ore have been milled." (Notes on Camp McKinney, BC Mines Report, 1896, p.583). "Camp McKinney has produced some high grade gold ore, and properties are still worked intermittently." (1945 report, file H.1.45). "...over 5000 tons of ore taken out..."(BC Mines Report, 1961).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

...Al McKinney...one of four men who discovered the Cariboo Mine. (Postmaster's survey 1905.)

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa