China Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SW into Alberni Inlet, Alberni Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°09'10''N, 124°47'25''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92F/2

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 13 August 1945 on C.3609, as labelled on British Admiralty Chart 584, 1867 et seq, and on BC Lands & Works map "China Creek Mining Camp", 1895, and on BC map 2A, 1913, etc.

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

Labelled "Fallensby River" on British Admiralty Chart #1917, 1883.

Source: BC place name cards, files, correspondence and/or research by BC Chief Geographer/Geographical Names Office.

"....about 1865 a store was operated by a Chinese near the mouth of China Creek. The main reason for the store was the presence of a good few Chinese miners engaged in placed mining on the creek, then known as Gold River. It has been roughly estimated that some $200,000 in gold values were recovered from the creek by Chinese...." (Frank Kelly, "Wealth Beneath the Island" published in Victoria Colonist, 8 July 1956.)

Source: Provincial Archives of BC "Place Names File" compiled 1945-1950 by A.G. Harvey from various sources, with subsequent additions