Mount Sir John Thompson

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Head of McLennan River, W of Valemount in the Premier Range, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 52°44'26"N, 119°43'13"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 83D/12

Other Recorded Names:

Mount Thompson

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 September 1927 by Order in Council. Elevation 3250m (10,500 feet+)

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

Originally named "Mount David Thompson" by the Carpe-Chamberlin climbing party in 1924, in the mistaken belief that the nearby pass was the true source of the North Thompson River. (see Don Munday's explanation and sketch map in Canadian Alpine Journal vol XV, 1925, pp.129-133.) [the mountain was subsequently renamed, but Carpe's other 1924 names, David Pass and David Glacier, were retained.] See also CAJ 1928, p.77 and CAJ 1932, p.180.

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

Named after the Right Honourable Sir John Sparrow David Thompson (1845-1894), Canada's 5th Prime Minister, 1892-94.
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Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

This feature was incorrectly identified as Mount Goodell in "Climbers Guide to the Interior Ranges of British Columbia", 1937 edition p.129, and in the 1947 edition, p.149. Incorrectly identified as "Mt. Richard Bennett (Goodell)" in 1963 edition, p.6. Origin/significance of Goodell not known.

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