Mount Trutch

Feature Type:Mount - Variation of Mountain: Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks. ["Mount" preceding the name usually indicates that the feature is named after a person.]
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: On BC-Alberta boundary, near head of Waitabit Creek N of Golden, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°42'17''N, 116°52'55''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82N/10

Origin Notes and History:

Trutch Mountain adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924. Form of name changed to Mount Trutch 3 October 1957 on 82 N/NE.

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

After Sir Joseph William Trutch, KCMG, CE, LS, FRGS (1826-1904), who served as British Columbia's first Lieutenant Governor, 1871-76. See extensive biographical information & correspondence in Provincial Archives; Hollis Lynch's "A Biography of Sir Joseph William Trutch" UBC thesis, 1960; BC Historical News, vol IV, November 1970 & April 1971; "Sir Joseph William Trutch: A Memorial" by G.S.A. Andrews, 1972, etc, for description of Trutch's tenure as Chief Commission of Lands & Works and British Columbia's third Surveyor General, correspondence with Sir John A. Macdonald and participation in selection of transcontinental railway routes, and surveying, exploration & cartographic achievement represented by the "Map of British Columbia to the 56th Parallel North" compiled and drawn by the Land & Works Office, Victoria, under Trutch's direction and still commonly known as "the 1871 Trutch map".

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

Trutch, an English civil engineer who had worked in California and Oregon, came to British Columbia in 1859. He was Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works from 1864 until 1871, when he resigned to become the first lieutenant-governor of the province of British Columbia. He was a very able vice-regent and much of the credit for the successful integration of British Columbia into the Dominion of Canada must be given to him. Trutch Creek in the Peace River district is... named after him also, as is Trutch Island in Hecate Strait.

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