Riske Creek

Feature Type:Community - An unincorporated populated place, generally with a population of 50 or more, and having a recognized central area that might contain a post office, store and/or community hall, etc, intended for the use of the general public in the region.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SW of Williams Lake (city), Lillooet Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°58'07''N, 122°31'42''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92O/15

Origin Notes and History:

Riske Creek (Post Office & Settlement) adopted in the 1930 BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Riske Creek (community) 28 February 1983.

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

Chilcoten Post Office opened 1 May 1886, L.W. Riske postmaster. Spelling changed to Chilcotin Post Office 1 May 1911. Name changed to Riske Creek Post Office 1 November 1912.

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

Marcus Smith, travelling in this area in 1872, reported, "...right in our course lay a cultivated farm, to which we descended 1,400 feet by very steep slopes, and there met the owner L. W. Riskie, Esq., a Polish gentleman, by whom we were hospitably entertained."

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997