Sweltzer River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows NE from Cultus Lake to Chilliwack River, New Westminster Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°05'46''N, 121°57'49''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/4

Origin Notes and History:

Sweltzer River adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 422A, Hope, as labelled on Dominion Sectional sheet #11, Yale, 1913, and on BC map 2B, 1914; to recall an early name for Cultus Lake (see Cultus Lake).

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

J.Fannin named this "Choowallah River" in 1873 (February 1981 advice from historian R.C. Harris, file F.1.34 pt.3). [note that Soowahlie IR 14, straddling this watercourse, and Soowahlie Band are identified in Report of the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs, vol 3, 1916, p.628]

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

This river is not named, however the lake at its' head (known today as Cultus Lake) is labelled "Schweltza Lake" on the Royal Engineer's 1862 map "British Columbia: Hope to Similkameen and Rock Creek...", and on G.M. Dawson's 1877 Geology Map of a 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

The name "Sweltzer River" is applied to the drainage immediately east of here (known today as Liumchen Creek) on Jorgensen's 1895 map of British Columbia.

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