Cache Creek, British Columbia

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Cache Creek, British Columbia
Village
Location of Cache Creek, British Columbia
Location of Cache Creek, British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°48′50″N 121°19′36″W / 50.81389°N 121.32667°W / 50.81389; -121.32667
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Thompson Country
Regional District Thompson-Nicola
Incorporated 1959
Government
 • Mayor P. A. John Ranta
 • Governing body Cache Creek Village Council
Area
 • Total 10.25 km2 (3.96 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 396 m (1,300 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,040
 • Density 101.5/km2 (263/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
Highways Highway 97
Highway 97C
Highway 1
Website Town website
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Coordinates: 50°48′43″N 121°19′24″W / 50.81194°N 121.32333°W / 50.81194; -121.32333

Cache Creek is a historic transportation junction and incorporated village 354 kilometres (220 mi) northeast of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. It is on the Trans-Canada Highway in the province of British Columbia at a junction with Highway 97. The same intersection and the town that grew around it was at the point on the Cariboo Wagon Road where a branch road, and previously only a trail, led east to Savona's Ferry on Kamloops Lake. This community is also the point at which a small stream, once known as Riviere de la Cache, joins the Bonaparte River.[2]

The name is derived, apparently, from a cache or buried and hidden supply and trade goods depot used by the fur traders of either the Hudson's Bay Company or its rival the North West Company.[3] Although it was first incorporated as a Local District municipality with the name Cache Creek in 1959, the name has been associated with this community since long before incorporation. A Cache Creek post office was first established here in 1868.[4]

Although still very active with traffic, Cache Creek was extremely busy for a few decades before the Trans-Canada Highway was superseded by the newer and shorter Coquihalla Highway, which bypasses the Fraser and Thompson Canyons between Hope and Kamloops via Merritt, about 97 kilometres (60 mi) southeast.

The nearby fossil locality, the McAbee fossil beds, is noted for the wide diversity of Eocene plants and animals preserved in the shale, including the extinct plants Dillhoffia[5] and Trochodendron drachuckii.[6]

The village of Cache Creek is also served by a community television station (run by the Ash-Creek Television Society), CH4472 in the neighbouring town of Ashcroft on VHF channel 4 (with an effective radiated power of 74 watts at 15 meters above ground level), with a repeater (CH4473 on VHF 8, with an effective radiated power of 49 watts at 45 meters) in Cache Creek, British Columbia.

Medieval Pastiche, accommodation options on the Trans Canada Highway.
Bonaparte River Indians on horseback, 2 mi. from Cache Creek

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://bccommunities.ca/Home/City%20Profiles/Thompson%20Okanagan/Cache%20Creek BC Communities.ca
  2. ^ Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973, p. 35
  3. ^ "Cache Creek (creek)". BC Geographical Names. http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/9342.html.
  4. ^ "Cache Creek (Village)". BC Geographical Names. http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/27638.html.
  5. ^ Manchester, S.; Pigg, K. (2008). "The Eocene mystery flower of McAbee, British Columbia". Botany 86: 1034–1038. doi:10.1139/B08-044. 
  6. ^ Pigg, K. B.; Dillhoff, R. M.; Devore, M. L.; Wehr, W. C. (2007). "New Diversity among the Trochodendraceae from the Early/Middle Eocene Okanogan Highlands of British Columbia, Canada, and Northeastern Washington State, United States". International Journal of Plant Sciences 168 (4): 521. doi:10.1086/512104.  edit

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