Cache Creek

Feature Type:Village (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a village municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NW of junction of Bonaparte and Thompson Rivers, just N of Ashcroft, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°48'43''N, 121°19'24''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92I/14
Related Maps: 92I
92I/14

Origin Notes and History:

Cache Creek (Post Office) adopted 6 October 1936 on 92 I. Had been identified as a locality on Dominion Sectional sheet 111, Kamloops, 1916. Incorporated as a Local District (municipality) 25 February 1959; reincorporated as a Village Municipality 28 November 1967. Coordinates adjusted 31 May 1982, from 50 49 - 121 20 on 92I/14. Village boundary extended June 1999. Link to the municipality's own internet site through www.civicnet.gov.bc.ca/members/ (April 2000) See also Cache Creek (creek) for discussion about the provenance of the name.

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

Post Office opened 4 January 1868; closed 1 April 1878; reopened 1 January 1879; Post Office references indicate that there was another temporary closing before being reopened 1 August 1883, and another temporary closing sometime in 1903.

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

Charles Augustus Semlin (later Premier of British Columbia, 1898-1900) is identified as first Postmaster, and in 1873 successfully petitioned the government to build the first public boarding school at Cache Creek. Cache Creek Boarding School was opened 2 June 1874 at the junction of Cache Creek and Bonaparte River, with a total of 18 boys and girls enrolled. The school was closed 30 September 1890, ending the province's experiment in public boarding schools.

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions