Richter Mountain

Feature Type:Mountain - Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side Similkameen River, W of N end of Osoyoos Lake, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°03'53''N, 119°40'41''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/4

Origin Notes and History:

Richter Mountain adopted 6 October 1936 on Geological Survey sheet 420A, Kettle River, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915, and BC map 4N, 1930. (file K.1.36). Submitted for change to Mount Richter on 82E/SW, but entrenched local usage prevailed.

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

After Francis Xavier Richter, pioneer cattle rancher and fruit farmer. Born in Bohemia, 1837, he came from US in 1860, brought a herd of cattle in 1864 and pre-empted later. Had charge of HBC pack horses at Keremeos in the late 1860's. Planted the first fruit trees (apple) in the Similkameen Valley (at Cawston Ranch) - brought them over Hope Mountains. Bought a ranch near Keremeos in 1895 and developed the first commercial apple orchard in Similkameen. Died at Victoria, December 25, 1910; buried at Keremeos. (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948, citing Ok, 8:49; Laing, "Names", 13).

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