Agassiz

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: N side of Fraser River, S of Harrison Lake, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°14'00''N, 121°46'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 92H/4

Origin Notes and History:

Agassiz (Post Office) adopted 6 October 1936; form of name changed to Agassiz (Post Office & Railway Station) 4 October 1956; form of name changed to Agassiz (community) 15 December 1982.

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

Ferney Coombe Post Office opened here 1 May 1884; name changed to Agassiz Post Office 1 May 1888

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

After Captain Louis Agassiz, who with his family, took up land here in the 1880's. See also Agassiz Banks - note different spelling of given names.

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

Named after the family of the first settler at this point: Captain Louis Agassiz of Stour Lodge, Essex. Of common ancestry with J.L.R. Agassiz, the celebrated naturalist, he came to the valley during the gold rush of 1858. It was not possible for Mrs. Agassiz to join him in the Cariboo with her children so she stayed at Yale for several years. She, herself, was Miss Caroline Von Schram of United Loyalist stock. Finally the family took up land here, where they have remained ever since. Captain Agassiz had called the place "Ferny Coombe" but it had an Indian name signifying "beautiful valley". When the CPR was completed to the coast, the station and post office were called Agassiz by the Sir Joseph Trutch, the Dominion agent in BC.

Source: Nelson, Denys; Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives

The former dwellers at Agassiz were the Siyita tribe of Cowichan Indians whose village was Skuhamen (SQuha'mEn), according to Franz Boas. They belonged to the Halkomaylen Division of the Salish linguistic stock.

Source: Nelson, Denys; Place Names of the Delta of the Fraser River; 1927, unpublished manuscript held in the Provincial Archives