Nicolum River
Nicolum River flows northwest through the mountainous terrain of the southern central interior of British Columbia; it and connects to the Coquihalla River just east of Hope.
Famous map-maker Arrowsmith spells it as “Nkalaoum River” on a map from 1862,1 and this map from 1862, drawn by one J. Conroy, Royal Engineer, shows a “Nicolumne R”.
Perhaps this is the river referred to by Douglas in this correspondence, from 1860, as the “Ballomme River”, which was intended to be part of a route through to the Similkameen Valley, a distance of 60 miles. How and why Douglas assigned the name of “Ballomme” is not clear.
Mentions of this place in the documents
The Colonial Despatches Team. Nicolum River. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/nicolum_river.html.

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