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Mount Lolo  British Columbia   #7073
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Monashee Mountains / Shuswap Highland

Height: 1748 m -> 5735 feet
Prominence?: 818 m  
Line Parent?: Mount Tod (18.3 km away, at bearing 46 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Tod (18.0 km away)

Location:   50.80137,-120.12730     50:48:05, -120:07:38   10U 702419 5631671 (20 km NE of Kamloops). NTS Mapsheet: 092.I.16   AreaCode: FM00/IB02
Mount Lolo is a fairly well-known old fire lookout just northwest of Kamloops, just south of Heffley Lake. The area is known for its wildflowers and views. It was devastated by forest fires in the summer of 2003 but this should mean excellent green-up of the area's meadows in coming summers.

Name Notes: Mt. Lolo is named for a famous frontier-era Shuswap Chief, Jean-Baptiste Lolo, also known as "St. Paul" (nearby Mt. St. Paul is also named for him). Leiut. R.C. Mayne described him in his reminscences Four Years in British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Quoting from the Akriggs' British Columbia Chronicle, themselves quoting Lieut. Mayne:

"His face was a very fine one, although sickness and pain had worn it away terribly. His eyes were black, piercing and restless; his cheekbones high, and the lips, naturally thin and close, had that white, compressed look which tells so surely of constant suffering."

When Mayne remarked that Lolo, in his decayed health, must find it hard to rule over his people,

"...he heard me with a grim smile, and for answer turned back his pillow, where a loaded gun and a naked sword lay ready to his hand."

The invalid Lolo showed, in fact, unexpected reserves of strength. Rising from his bed, he mounted his horse, and accompanied Mayne on a ride to see the view from the top of a neighbouring mountain, which was forthwith named Mt. St. Paul in honour of the old chief. Moreover, Lolo insisted on accompanying Mayne on the next lap of his journey, that from Kamloops to Pavilion."

"Lolo" in the Chinook Jargon means "to haul, to carry" and would seem to come from Metis voyageur slang, i.e. from French "la-la" ("that one there", basically), perhaps used during loading and unloading of freight.

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