Wiggs Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SW. into Gramaphone Creek, N of Smithers, Range 5 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 54°58'22''N, 127°17'48''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93L/14

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 22 April 1985 on 93 L/14, as proposed by L. Williamson, Water Management Branch, Smithers.

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

Name required for water licence; in the absence of any known local name, "Wiggs" proposed, after W.J. ( "Wiggs") O'Neill, who oversaw the clearing of the Smithers townsite in 1913. Born at Barkerville in 1882, O'Neill stayed on in the new townsite, eventually building a garage, theatre and electric lightplant. Died at Smithers in 1964, age 82.

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