BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Keremeos
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Feature Types.
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Village (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated under the provincial Municipal Act
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Relative Location: N side of Similkameen River, SW of Penticton, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°12'17''N, 119°49'47''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 82E/4
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Origin Notes and History:

Keremeos (Town) adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 420A, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915. Form of name changed to Keremoes (Post Office & Station) 7 October 1954 on 82E/SW. Incorporated as a Village Municipality 30 October 1956. Subsequently confirmed as Keremoes (Village) (date not cited).
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Hudson's Bay Company trading post established here in 1860, after Fort Okanogan (in American territory) was closed, and staff & stock were transferred here. Keremeos HBC post closed in 1872. Keremeos Post Office was opened 1 August 1887, Thomas Daly postmaster.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Name of an Indian tribe in the southern interior.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
An Indian word meaning "wind channel in the mountains". This is the only Indian place name in the Interior that contains the letter " R ". Another meaning given for the name is "beautiful stream crossing the flats." (BC Historical Quarterly, Vol 2, p 77.)
Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions