Allison Pass

Feature Type:Pass (2) - Low opening in a mountain range or hills, offering a route from one side to the other.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW of Manning Provincial Park headquarters, on Hwy 3 between Hope and Princeton, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°06'59"N, 120°52'04"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 92H/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 421A, as labelled on BC map 2B, 1914. Elevation: 1342m at summit.

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

After John Fall Allison (1825-1897), pioneer miner, trailmaker and rancher. Son of a Leeds surgeon, he moved to the USA with his family while still a boy, joined the gold rush to California in 1849, then the rush to BC, arriving at Victoria in 1858. Governor Douglas employed Allison to locate and construct a trail linking the Similkameen and Tulameen areas, the "Allison trail", and in so-doing discovered this pass. (The route forms part of today's Hope-Princeton Highway.) In his later years Allison became a prosperous rancher and a Justice of the Peace. His house at Allison Flat, east of Princeton, was the first "white" house in the Similkameen valley. His wife, Susan Louisa Allison, "Mother of the Similkameen" died in 1937, age 91. Also Allison Creek

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions

John Fall Allison was one of the early miners to arrive at the junction of the Similkameen and the Vermillion Forks in 1858. He and others pre-empted the present townsite of Princeton 20 September 1860, but did not complete their titles. Later, Allison purchased extensive holdings in the area.

Source: Laing, Frederick W; Geographical Naming Record, September 1938; unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives

At the suggestion of Governor Douglas, Allison prospected for gold in the Similkameen and Tulameen areas in 1860. In September of the same year Allison and others pre-empted land which later became the townsite of Princeton, but they failed to complete their titles. Thereafter Allison commenced his career as a farmer and rancher. By 1894 he owned 5000 acres but, dogged by debts, still sought wealth through mining ventures. Mrs. Allison's memoirs have been published by UBC Press.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997