Batchelor Hill

Feature Type:Hill - Elevation of terrain rising prominently above the surrounding land.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW of junction of North Thompson and Thompson Rivers, at Kamloops, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°42'55''N, 120°23'58''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92I/9

Origin Notes and History:

"Bachelor Hill" adopted 1 June 1926; spelling changed to Batchelor Hill 4 June 1959 on 92 I/9, the correct spelling of the family name (file K.2.26).

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

After Owen S. Batchelor, an old prospector & rancher at Kamloops.

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

Named early in this century for Owen Salisbury Batchelor, having previously been known as "Garde Laffertie" for the man in charge of the HBC horse range. Batchelor had farmed the upper Salmon River valley in 1885, but moved to Kamloops ten years later, and became jailer until succumbing to Klondike fever. On his return he ran several mining ventures, including the erection of a stamp mill just below these hills. He died in 1933. His son commented that the family fortune would have been made had Dad saved the money spent on staking claims throughout the district ! ("Why That Name; place names of Kamloops District", by Mary Balf, Kamloops Museum, 1978)

Source: included with note