BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Campement des Femmes
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Camp - A place where tents or buildings serve as temporary residence
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Not official.
Relative Location: Just E of Tulameen near junction of Cook Creek and Tulameen River, NW of Princeton, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°32'10''N, 120°44'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD27
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 92H/10
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Origin Notes and History:

(En)campement des Femmes is the "lost camp" of the HBC, identified in numerous Similkameen histories. Mis-spelled Campment des Femmes or Camp Femmes on "Map of a portion of British Columbia / compiled from the surveys & explorations of the Royal Navy & Royal Engineers, at the camp, New Westminster 24 November 1859", and on Gustav Epner's 1862 Map of the Gold Regions of British Columbia, and on Trutch's 1871 map of British Columbia, and on G.M. Dawson's 1877 map of Portion of the Southern Interior of British Columbia.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
"September 21 [1859] ....we pitched our tents at Campment des Femmes, so-named from a custom prevalent among Indians en route for Fort Hope of leaving their women and children here while they perform the journey across the mountains." (from Report on the Country between Fort Hope on the Fraser and Fort Colville on the Columbia River, by Lieutenent H. Spencer Palmer, RE; published in Papers Relative to the Affairs of British Columbia, Part I, 1859, pp 80-89.) Lieut Palmer records the location of Campment des Femmes as 49°32' 29" N x 120°42'09"W, elevation 2170ft above sea level.
Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.
"It has been established that the HBC Brigade Trail (1849- ) came down Collins Gulch from Hope and crossed the Tulameen River nearby. Evidence shows Campement des Femmes was in Lot 151, Rabbit Ranch, on the delta of Cook Creek...." (2 November 1980 letter from R.C. Harris, file M.1.50) This location approximately 49°32'10"N x 120°44'00"W
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office
Traditional name is Tseistn (meaning/significance not cited); when on hunting expeditions on the plateau south and west of here, the Indians left their wives at this camping place, hence the name given by HBC traders.
Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office