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Link fight?[edit]

I'm not directly involved in this argument, but maybe I can provide some insight.

These are the links that have been added and deleted:

  • Merritt Mountain Music Festival
  • Rally BC, organizers of the Pacific Forest Rally
  • Upper Nicola Indian Band
  • Merritt Centennials
  • Merritt Herald

The Merritt Mountain Music Festival is certainly notable enough, I'm surprised it doesn't have its own page here yet. Considering that my travels in the US have shown that awareness of the festival is considerably outside BC, I think this link is worth inclusion.

I re-linked that as the article has been reinstated - and needs work in order to keep from being deleted again.Skookum1 (talk) 21:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

No opinion on the PFR.

The Upper Nicola Indian Band has its own page. Rather than include a link to their webpage here, it should be linked from that page'

Huh? Linking it to itself is redundant; they're a Nerritt-area band, no? If they're mentioned in the text, link 'em.Skookum1 (talk) 21:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

The Merritt Centennials also have their own page on Wikipedia. They should be mentioned, and linked, from the Merritt page, and the Merritt Centennials page links off to their website.

The Merritt Herald probably deserves its own page, considering how long it has been around. However, barring that, it deserves mention on this page, and then a link to their website can be included as a citation/reference.

Make sense? Any disagreement? --Kickstart70-T-C 06:17, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

That actually makes good sense. Maybe instead of external links, all of these should be converted to internal links - even the redlinks, which would encourage article creation. The Pacific Forest Rally is probably not all that necessary to be linked to, so no worries there. Tony Fox (arf!) 15:36, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Coll pic[edit]

While looking for something else I found this 1920s pic of pony races. It can be used, trimm4ed of its BC ARch frame, under {{pd-Canada}} licensing. By t he look if it, it's in Merritt orthereabouts; maybe I'm wrong, could be over by Ashcroft or?? Figure a Merritt ocal might be able to recognize the hills behind. Thinking of using this also on Indian rodeo, but I can't see if all riders are native or not (doesn't matter about the audience) An article on the Merritt Rodeo or whatever it's called would be nice....Skookum1 (talk) 21:40, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

Nicola Country article[edit]

Just a heads-up that this article has been created, for anyone writing/conrtributing to the Merritt article and others from this area.Skookum1 (talk) 18:36, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Nicola Valley vs Nicola Country[edit]

In making the region article I admit to being old-fashioned and preferring the "Country" appellations (Thompson Country, Shsuwap Country, Lillooet Country} etc and in many cases there is a distinction between the Country and Valley references; as I believe is also the case here, where Nicola Country includes the Coldwater and Aspen Grove etc, which are not in the Nicola Valley in its strict sense, but are still in the Nicola Country. I altered the pipe in the infobox to "Nicola" only, and I guess I would like a reason why Nicola Valley is more preferable to Nicola Country in the opening line (or I'd just change it back). Nicola Country as a term has a history, and a sepcific origin; Nicola Valley is only a reference to the NIcola River (which was, in fact, named for the same someone that the Nicola Country was named for). Preference for modern usage isn't necessarily correct here, partly because of the meaning-difference and partly because, indeed, "Nicola Valley" is am uch more modern, recent usage; but still no more common than Nicola Valley. Since we usually just say "the Nicola" I adjusted the infobox that way; if the syntax of the openign section had allowed that, I would haev done it there too. Comments/reactions?Skookum1 (talk) 17:55, 26 May 2008 (UTC)

I would say that based on your comments above, there could be an article for both Nicola Country and Nicola Valley. Places like Merritt, Lower Nicola, and Quilchena are without a doubt in the Nicola Valley whereas places like Aspen Grove and Brookmere could be considered in Nicola Country. I would beg to differ that Coldwater is not in the Nicola Valley. All that being said, in reference to the Merritt article, it should stay as being mentioned in the Nicola Valley. Merrittcentennials (talk) 22:01, 31 August 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for the local response; I sort of suspected that "Nicola Valley" was the "metropolitan area" within the "Nicola Country"- the actual urban/suburban part of Merritt and the nearby localities you've listed - by the Coldwater I meant the route down the pass, above where the "Brookmere Pass" (to coin a name for it...or gee, might it be official - I remember a named pass in that area from my long-ago work with re the Coldwater, I was speaking only geographically and now see as a region it means only a certain part of the geographic reality; the same is true of Bridge River Valley and Columbia Valley and others, i.e. vs Bridge River Country and Columbia Country and...Columbia Basin. Does the Nicola Valley take in Stump and Douglas Lakes? Logan Lake?....almost into the Thompson Country, at least by the farther end of Highland Valley, no? BTW which would you put Missezula Lake in? i.e. between the Nicola Country and Similkameen? I'm unclear if the historical "Nicola's Country" included the highlands around Chuhwhels and Tahaetkun and up towards Monte Creek, but I suspect that it would, given Nicola's own control in the Kamloops and Okanagan during his regime (he was Grand Chief of the Okanagan at the same time as inheriting the influential Secwepemc chieftaincy from his uncle Kwa'lila; not that absolute boundaries in our way of parceling out geography ever applied in native culture. What about the lower Nicola River valley - is it part of the Nicola Valley, would you say, or only in the geographic sense? Anyway, lots of questions; thanks again for hte local input; if you've any advice on Bonaparte Country to suggest (I haven't written it yet, for lack of a clear sense of what's in it and what's not) and Thompson Country - the Mark S. Wade book linked there is excellent for Nicola-area history; a history of the Nicola coal mines is somewhere on (talk) 01:40, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
Related not-quite-side issue, please have a look over the Nicola River article in respect of defining it vs these "Valley" and "Country" articles (as Valley seems worth creating). The river article should be more about the river itself, and issues and history connected with it, rather than as a geographic article; that's only a guideline, it is what it is, but if you've anything to add/fix please do. With citations as much as you can or have time being what it is....Skookum1 (talk) 01:46, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Name origin?[edit]

I was going to add mention of Merritt's naming to William Hamilton Merritt, but then I noted his son was an MP in the time-period when Merritt was named - Thomas Rodman Merritt. Maybe BCGNIS says something; where's the source for the namesake being William Hamilton Merritt?Skookum1 (talk) 19:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Uh, well this is a bit of a mystery - the BCGNIS reference for Merritt] says William Hamilton Merritt, but the wiki article on him says he died in 1862; whereas the W.H. Merritt in the BCGNIS was an investor in the Nicola, Kamloops and Similkameen Coal & Railway Co. and was a mining engineer from Toronto, so I don't think it could be the same person; maybe a relation/descendant? Son of Thomas Rodman maybe? The BCGNIS ref continues on saying it's unknown whether he settled in Merritt at any time; so it clearly couldn't have been he who died in 1862....Skookum1 (talk) 19:12, 12 November 2008 (UTC)

Add link request[edit]

Hello I work for Merritt Marketing Group in Merritt, BC and we are the Destination Marketing Organization for the City of Merritt. We are requesting to add the Tourism Merritt link to Merritt's article please.

Thank you. Joanne Semke —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tourismmerritt (talkcontribs) 20:27, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

There is no good reason for advertising two towing companies in this article.Calmcanuck 02:39, 1 March 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Calmcanuck (talkcontribs)