Volcanic Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows W into Granby River, N of Grand Forks (city), Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°09'08''N, 118°27'08''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/1

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 2 November 1956 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 84, as labelled on 1897 map "Triangulation Survey of portion of Boundary Creek Country, Osoyoos District, shewing position of Mineral Monuments" and on BC Lands map of East & West Kootenay Mining Divisions, 1902.

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

This creek labelled "Volcanic or Toronto Creek" on BC Lands map 28, Rossland, 1912. [the name "Toronto Creek" was eventually applied to the creek just south of here.]

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

Named after "Volcanic" Brown, prospector and well-known local character, who maintained that the richest copper deposits of the Boundary Country had never been located. He was convinced that copper was to be found in seams pushed upward through volcanic action, and spent years searching for evidence of volcanic activity, hence his nickname. In his later years he focused on locating Slumoch's lost mine at the upper Pitt River, and perished there in the early 1930's. Also Brown Creek.

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