Gordon Rapids

Feature Type:Rapids - Fast-flowing section of a watercourse, usually with turbulent water or exposed rocks.
Status:
Relative Location: Columbia River, between Goldstream River and Mica Creek, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°45'00''N, 118°40'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82M/15

Origin Notes and History:

Gordon Rapid was adopted 12 December 1939 on Geological Survey's Big Bend sheet, as labelled on Palmer & Chapman's 1915 map "Northern Selkirk Mountains and the Big Bend of the Columbia River" (file B.3.38). Form of name changed to Gordon Rapids 19 November 1963 on 82M/15, as identified on name sheets for Map 5D, p.10, in turn as identified in the staking notices for STL 3927P & 3928P in 1915 field book 57/15, ph 146. (file G.1.62). Has since been flooded by the creation of Lake Revelstoke; name rescinded 3 April 1986 on 82 M/15.

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

Origin/significance not known. Note that there is no evidence that nearby Gordon Horne Peak was named after a person named Gordon Horne; it is likely a blended name, from Horne Creek on its north side and Gordon Rapids and Gordon (now Ruddock) Creek on the south side.

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