Big Sheep Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows S across BC-Washington boundary, W of Rossland, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 48°59'59"N, 117°56'04"W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 82F/4
Related Maps: 82E/1
82E/8
82F/4

Origin Notes and History:

"Big Sheep Creek (not Sheep Creek, nor White Sheep Creek, nor Yomelsin Creek)" adopted in the 18th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 31 March 1924, as labelled on BC map 1EM, 1915. Established local name.

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

Headwaters at 49 14 - 118 01 on 82E/1. Total length 33 miles: 21 miles in BC and 12 miles in USA. Flows into Columbia River near Northport, Washington.

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

Named "White Sheep River" by Edgar Dewdney in 1865, when he laid out the Dewdney Trail between Cascade and Rossland; his sketch is attached to letter (accession F 461/9), held in BC Archives.

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