Black Diamond Mountain

Feature Type:Mountain - Mass of land prominently elevated above the surrounding terrain, bounded by steep slopes and rising to a summit and/or peaks.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between head of Farnham and Delphine Creeks, W of Invermere, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°25'04"N, 116°27'45"W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 82K/8
Related Maps: 82K
82K/8

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 9 June 1960 on 82K, as a well-known name in mountaineering circles, and as shown on Thorington's Reconnaissance Map of the Purcell Range, 1937; listed in 1953 BC Gazetteer.

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

Named in association with Black Diamond Mining Company's coal mine: "We climbed...this peak.... The geological formation of this peak is distinctly different from others in the vicinity, consisting of black friable shale splitting freely into thin places, and crumbling to a powder. Its shape, colour and location make it a conspicuous landmark and excellent observation point. It seemed an excellent location for a coal mine, and at least WE thought the name of Black Diamond appropriate...". (Report by Mr & Mrs McCarthy, Mr & Mrs Stoner and Conrad Kain, published in Canadian Alpine Journal, vol VIII, 1917, p.50.) Note that Black Diamond Mining Company is first cited in 1913 BC Mines Report, p.117.

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