BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Mount Kenney
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Feature Types.
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. [if "Mount" precedes the name, usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Behind Sleeping Beauty Mountain, just NW of Terrace, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 54°34'40''N, 128°56'51''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 103I/10
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Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 6 December 1951 on 103I, as submitted to the Geographic Board of Canada 27 September 1951 by the Chief Geographer, BC Department of Lands and Forests.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Adoption of this name initially turned down by the Geographic Board of Canada 1 November 1951, because the board felt that "it was not in the best interests to name features for current political figures, civil servants, surveyors or others responsible for the country's development in the normal course of their work" (Ottawa file 3185). "The Board is of the opinion that the naming of a feature for Mr. Kenney would be more appropriate at the time of his retirement from political activity and I was asked to inquire if this suggestion might meet with the approval of the Provincial Government." (5 October 1951 letter from Geographic Board to BC Chief Geographer, file T.1.50) The name was subsequently adopted, following resubmission by BC Chief Geographer and endorsement by BC Surveyor-General.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
The highest unnamed peak on the Sleeping Beauty-Alice Peak ridge chosen, after the Hon. Edward Tourtelotte Kenney, then-Minister of Lands and Forests in the provincial government. Born 19 July 1888 at Clarks Harbor, Nova Scotia; son of Captain Daniel V. Kenney and Margaret C. Newell. Educated at Yarmouth Academy. Homesteaded 1907 near Battleford, Saskatchewan. Settled at Terrace in 1913. Married 21 July 1915 to Janet Leila, daughter of Thomas Brooks of Heward, Saskatchewan. Five children: Marjorie, Margaret, Lorraine, Norma and Edward. President of E.T. Kenney Ltd, Hardware Real Estate & Insurance. Stipendiary Magistrate at Terrace from 1921 to 1933 when he resigned to engage in politics. First elected to BC Legislature at general election 1933; re-elected at general elections 1937, 1941, 1945 & 1949. Appointed Minister of Lands 1944, and Minister of Forests 1945. "Mr. Kenney initiated 2 major industrial developments in northern BC: the Columbia Cellulose development at Port Edward, and the Aluminum Company of Canada (Alcan) Kitimat Kemano Nechaco development. The latter may well rival the building of the CPR in significance to British Columbia. Mr. Kenney's eligibility for a geographic namesake has already been established by the item ' Kenney Lake ' which drains into the head of Whitesail Lake. As this feature is likely to be inundated by the Aluminum Company's reservoir [Nechako Reservoir behind the Kenney Dam], thus losing its identity, it would seem appropriate to transfer his name to our proposed Mount Kenney in his 'own' map area." (biographical sketch and anecdotal comments written in 1951, file T.1.50). Mr. Kenney died 18 September 1974 (see Victoria Daily Times 20 September 1974).
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office