Brisco

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side Columbia River, NW of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°50'00''N, 116°16'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82K/16

Origin Notes and History:

Brisco (Post Office) adopted 20 January 1955 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 45, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915 et seq, and as identified in 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Brisco (Community) 15 December 1892 on 82K/16.

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

Columbia Valley Post Office was opened 1 September 1895. Re-named Brisco Post Office 1 June 1899, in association with Brisco Range.

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

Name suggested by Henry Atcheson, supposed to be the name of a range of mountains named after Lord Briscombe (citing a 1905 letter from postmaster A.H. Mitchell to James White, Canada's Chief Geographer). [Note: this is not the origin of the name Brisco Range.]

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa