Jackass 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: Just S of Kanaka Mountain, E side of the Fraser River below Lytton, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°05'22''N, 121°28'21''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92I/3
Related Maps: 92I
92I/3

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 2 March 1950 on 92I, as identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer.

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

"The old Cariboo road, narrow and without any protective parapet, came around a corner here with a drop of 1500 feet to the Fraser below.According to an old story, a frightened lady passenger screamed at Steve Tingley, the famous driver of the Cariboo coach, "What happens if we go over the edge, Mr. Tingley?" To which he replied imperturbably: "Lady, that all depends on what sort of life you've been leading." Among those things which did go over the edge in the days before the trail had been widened into a road was a jackass laden with miner's goods, presumably en route to the Cariboo goldfields."

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