Oyama

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: On C.P.R. and C.N.R., N end of Wood Lake, S of Vernon, Osoyoos Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°07'00''N, 119°22'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82L/3

Origin Notes and History:

Oyama Post Office adopted 7 February 1951, as labelled on BC Map 1EM, Kootenay, Osoyoos & Similkameen Mining Divisions, 1915. Status changed to Community 31 March 1983 on 82L/3.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

After Prince Iwao Oyama (1842-1916), Japanese Commander-in-Chief in Russo-Japanese War, 1904.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

Oyama Post Office opened May 1, 1906.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

Not an Indian name, but that of Prince Iwao Oyama (1842-1916), Japanese field marshal, captor of Port Arthur in the First Sino-Japanese War, and commander in Manchuria in the Russo-Japanese War. The Post Office at Oyama was opened in 1906.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; "1001 British Columbia Place Names"; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.