Whipsaw Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows NE into Similkameen River, S of Princeton, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°22'09''N, 120°33'29''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/7

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as labelled on GSC map "Southern Interior of British Columbia" published in 1888.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

"Early gold-hunters, needing lumber out of which to build sluice-boxes and flumes, whipsawed their lumber in sawpits close to this stream. In this primitive method of sawing, a log was rolled onto two skids over a pit. One man stood on top of the log, and another down in the pit and they pulled the saw up and down. Progress was slow - 100 feet board measure was a good day's work."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; "1001 British Columbia Place Names"; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.