Welch Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Wahleach Lake and Chilliwack River, E of Chilliwack, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°09'36''N, 121°36'03''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/4

Origin Notes and History:

Welch Peak adopted 30 May 1946 on 92 H/4, as an established name in the mountaineering community (March 1944 advice from W.H. Matthews, Canadian Alpine Club, files M.2.40 and C.1.50).

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

Originally called "Mount Welch" (in association with nearby Mount Foley [sic] and Mount Stewart [sic]) by Arthur Williamson of Vancouver, superintendent of nearby Lucky Four Copper Mine, opened by Stewart and Welch in 1917. Note that the contracting firm of Foley, Welch and Stewart undertook construction of the Fraser Valley Section of Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (now C.N.R) in 1912-13.

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

Labelled "Wahleach Mountain" on Geological Survey's maps 422A, Hope, 1938, and 737A, Hope, 1944.

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

After Mr. Patrick Welch (1859-1929) of Spokane, Washington, partner in the prominent railway & general contracting firm Foley, Welch and Stewart, which company constructed the Fraser Valley section of Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (now CPR), 1912-13. Welch and Stewart were also involved in construction of the new Welland Canal, the Detroit-Windsor tube, and in the BC logging industry (Bloedel, Stewart and Welch, Ltd). Mr. Welch had charge of terminal and harbour construction at Halifax during WW I.

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... Foley, Wlech & Stewart was the largest railway construction company in North America prior to WW 1. It was created in 1908 as a reorganization of a prior company, Foley Bros & Larson. Principal partners in the new concern were John W. Stewart and his brothers-in-law Tim Foley and Patrick Welch. The company carried out most of the major railway projects in BC before the onset of the Great War...

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica