BC Geographical Names

Name Details:

Name: Marron River
Feature TypeClick here for a list of
Feature Types.
River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse
StatusClick here for an explanation of Status.: Official
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SE. towards Skaha Lake, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-LongitudeClick here for an explanation of Position Type.: 49°21'51''N, 119°34'51''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
DatumClick here for an explanation of Datum.: NAD83
NTS MapClick here for an explanation of NTS Map.: 82E/5
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Origin Notes and History:

Decision on 82E/SW.
Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa
Probably the "River of Wild Horses" mentioned by David Douglas, botanist, 1833 (Edward Sabine, "Report on... Observations... by David Douglas...," MS, Royal Society, London). Labelled "Marron R." on Trutch Map, 1871. Marron is a French word; one of its meanings is "domestic animal that has become wild." The name probably refers to the wild horses which, according to Mrs. William Allen and Mr. F. M. Buckland, abounded hereabouts in early days. (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948)
Source: included with note