Greg Nesteroff

PLACE NAMES: Sheep Creek

Two noteworthy Sheep Creeks exist in West Kootenay.

PLACE NAMES: Seaton

Seaton might be the most obscure townsite in the Slocan. You won’t find it mentioned in any history book.

PLACE NAMES: Sayward

Sayward on Vancouver Island and the former West Kootenay townsite of Sayward were both named after lumber magnate William Parsons Sayward.

PLACE NAMES: Sandon, part 2

The earliest reference to the future townsite of Sandon was in a letter by John Morgan Harris, dated May 19, 1892.

PLACE NAMES: Sandon, part 1

Sandon, the West Kootenay’s greatest ghost town, was named after Sandon Creek, in turn named for prospector John Sandon.

PLACE NAMES: Salmon Rapids

On July 8, 1910, the Nelson Daily News carried the first in a series of ads for the “First sale of lots in the Salmon Rapids townsite.”

PLACE NAMES: Salmo

Salmo is the Latin form of salmon and takes its name from the Salmon River (now Salmo River) that flows through it.

PLACE NAMES: St. Leon and Rosebery, revisited

In 1892, prospector Mike Grady found hot springs bubbling out of holes in the rocks two miles up a mountainside from Upper Arrow Lake.

Place Names: Postal confusion blamed for Thompson becoming Rossland

One hundred sixty-seventh in an alphabetical series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names.

PLACE NAMES: Robson and Rock Creek

Robson honors BC’s ninth premier, John Robson (1824-92), although he never saw his namesake town.

PLACE NAMES: Remac and Renata

Remac is a compound name taken from the principal locators of the Reeves MacDonald mining properties.

PLACE NAMES: Queens Bay, Rambler, and Raspberry

According to Kootenay Outlet Reflections, Queens Bay “received its name before 1883, when the Ainsworth Mining Camp opened.”

PLACE NAMES: Poupore, Powder Point, and Power’s Camp

Of the few remaining railway siding signs in this area, Poupore surely ranks as the oddest.

15,000 attended Castlegar airport’s opening

Castlegar’s airport appears to have been designated the regional facility for West Kootenay around 1951.

PLACE NAMES: Playmor Junction

Playmor Junction, at the intersection of Highway 6 and 3A, is one of the more recent additions to local toponymy, dating to 1968.

The early Castlegar airport story

West Kootenay’s chief landing strip was born out of both collaboration and controversy.

PLACE NAMES: Perry Siding

The Slocan Valley community of Perry Siding was likely named for Charles Edward Perry (1843-1906), a civil engineer and land surveyor.

PLACE NAMES: Paulson and Petersbury

Today Paulson is a bridge, a backroad, and a highway, but originally it was a siding on the Columbia and Western Railway.

PLACE NAMES: Park Siding and Pass Creek

Park Siding, on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, a few kilometers northeast of Fruitvale, was named for nearby landowner Andrew Park.

A look at West Kootenay/Boundary’s local government landscape

Ahead of Local Government Awareness Week in BC, we study the complicated history of municipalities in our area.