Stewart Peak

Feature Type:Peak (2) - Summit of a mountain or hill, or the mountain or hill itself.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Wahleach Lake and Chilliwack River, E of Chilliwack, Yale Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°10'15''N, 121°36'42''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92H/4

Origin Notes and History:

Welch Peak adopted 30 May 1946 on 92 H/4, as an established name in the mountaineering community (March 1944 advice from W.H. Matthews, Canadian Alpine Club, files M.2.40 and C.1.50).

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

Originally called "Mount Stewart" (in association with nearby Mount Foley [sic] and Mount Welch [sic]) by Arthur Williamson of Vancouver, superintendent of nearby Lucky Four Copper Mine, opened by Stewart and Welch in 1917. Note that the contracting firm of Foley, Welch & Stewart undertook construction of the Fraser Valley Section of Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (now C.N.R) in 1912-13.

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

... Foley, Wlech & Stewart was the largest railway construction company in North America prior to WW 1. It was created in 1908 as a reorganization of a prior company, Foley Bros & Larson. Principal partners in the new concern were John W. Stewart and his brothers-in-law Tim Foley and Patrick Welch. The company carried out most of the major railway projects in BC before the onset of the Great War...

Source: Encyclopedia of British Columbia; Daniel Francis, ed; Harbour Publishing Ltd, 2000. ISBN 1-55017-200-X