Teigen Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows E into Bell-Irving River, NW of Bowser Lake, N of Stewart, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 56°43'51''N, 129°50'59''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 104A/12

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 24 July 1945 on 104 SE, as labelled on BC Lands' map 1L, Central British Columbia, 1929.

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

Named for Matthew Teigen of Kispiox, who had trapped this creek for many years (information from P.M.Monckton, BCLS) Not clear if Teigen Creek was already an established local name when Monckton surveyed the area in 1928, or if Monckton suggested that name as a distinctive alternative to "Big Salmon River" which appeared on preliminary versions of BC Lands' map 1L.

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

A person named Teigen is mentioned in a February 1934 work report written by Charlie Janze, a Dominion Telegraph Line lineman who was stationed at the utility's Cabin No. 8; Janze reports meeting a fellow he identifies only as "Teigen" at 41 Mile (a wire cache?) on February 1, 1934 and works with him & a repairman named Sutherland over the next few days to haul wire and repair sections of line in the vicinity of Ninth Cabin [sic] and near the 16 Mile Refuge Cabin that had been taken down in a snow slide. (Reports in the Bulkley Valley Museum at Smithers were shared in August 2012 by Regional District planner & researcher Ken Newman, with speculation that the 1920s trapper (and namesake of this creek) might be the same person who assisted with telegraph line repairs in 1934.) [Yukon Telegraph Trail cabins were situated about 20 miles apart; Cabin No. 9 was near the confluence of Rochester Creek/Bell-Irving River; Cabin No. 8 was southeastward, about midway between the Bell-Irving and Nass Rivers; the remains of Cabin No. 8 are still discernable on the north bank of Muskaboo Creek in the vicinity of 56° 40' 20" x 129° 10' 55" ]

Source: included with note