Haynes Creek

Feature Type:Creek (1) - Watercourse, usually smaller than a river.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SW into Osoyoos Lake, just N of BC-Washington boundary, Similkameen Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°00'15''N, 119°26'15''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 82E/3
Related Maps: 82E/3

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 7 October 1954 on 82E/SW, as labelled on Geological Survey of Canada sheet 84A, Geology of the 49th Parallel, 1913, and on BC map 4K, Kettle Valley, 1923, and on Mineral Reference Map 7, 1934

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

"After John Carmichael Haynes (1831-1888), an Irishman who came to BC in 1858 and was police officer, customs officer, magistrate, assistant gold commissioner, government agent and county court judge in Similkameen, Osoyoos and Kootenay Districts for many years; member of the legislative council, 1864-66, rancher at Osoyoos, 1866-88, accumulating 22,000 acres. Generally known as Judge Haynes." (12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, citing BC Historical Quarterly, vol 4, pp 183-201).

Source: included with note

After John Carmichael Haynes (1831-88), who arrived from Ireland in 1858 and enlisted in Chartres Brew's police. He served around Yale and Osoyoos before being sent as magistrate to the Wild Horse Creek goldfield. Arriving just after a free-for-all in which one man was killed and others injured, Haynes was informed that at least 20 per cent of the miners were criminals. Declaring himself "horrified to think of such a thing happening in Her Majesty's Domain," Haynes swiftly brought law and order to the camp. In 1866 Haynes settled at Osoyoos, where he received a commission as a county court judge. He began buying land, and ended up owning everything between the internation border and the ranch of his fellow cattle baron, Tom Ellis at Penticton. A grand-daughter has preserved a picture of the man for us: 'Judge Haynes was an expert horseman, and to him a good mount was one of the necessities of life... on horseback he invariably apeared as if 'riding in the Row' with his Irish tweed coat, riding breeches and English riding boots. An army helmet was part of the picture in summer; a felt hat at other seasons - never a stetson or cowboy.' "

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973.