Harrison Mills

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On NW side of Harrison River, N bank of Fraser River River opposite Chilliwack, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°15'00''N, 121°57'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92H/5
Related Maps: 92H/4
92H/5

Origin Notes and History:

Harrison Mills (Post Office) was adopted 6 October 1936 on 92 H. Form of name changed to Harrison Mills (Post Office & Station) 4 October 1956 at 49 14 - 121 57. Harrison Mills Post Office repositioned to 49 15 - 121 57 on north side of the river 19 March 1975. Harrison Mills (Station) confirmed 3 July 1975 in original location on south side of the river. Harrison Mills (Station) eventually relocated to the north side of Harrison River; Harrison River (Station) and Harrison River (Post Office) amalgamated and form of name changed to Harrison Mills (community) 14 January 1983 on 92H/4 and 92 H/5.

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

James Douglas on a visit early December 1859 (or possibly at the adjacent Indian village (now Skowlitz IR 1) named this site Carnarvon, and a wooden sign was carved and mounted on the longhouse (New Westminster Times, 10 December 1859). A sawmill was built here in 1870.

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