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Two noteworthy Sheep Creeks exist in West Kootenay.
Seaton might be the most obscure townsite in the Slocan. You won’t find it mentioned in any history book.
Sayward on Vancouver Island and the former West Kootenay townsite of Sayward were both named after lumber magnate William Parsons Sayward.
The earliest reference to the future townsite of Sandon was in a letter by John Morgan Harris, dated May 19, 1892.
Sandon, the West Kootenay’s greatest ghost town, was named after Sandon Creek, in turn named for prospector John Sandon.
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.”
Salmo is the Latin form of salmon and takes its name from the Salmon River (now Salmo River) that flows through it.
In 1892, prospector Mike Grady found hot springs bubbling out of holes in the rocks two miles up a mountainside from Upper Arrow Lake.
Last week we saw that Rossland was originally known as Thompson, after Ross Thompson, who pre-empted a homestead on the future city’s site.
Rosebery, on Slocan Lake, was originally known as Wilson Creek, the body of water that flows through it.
Ritaville was only ever mentioned once but it’s notable as one of the few local places named after a woman.
West Kootenay’s chief landing strip was born out of both collaboration and controversy.
The border crossing southwest of Rossland was named for Archibald Neil Paterson (1865-1935).
Ahead of Local Government Awareness Week in BC, we study the complicated history of municipalities in our area.
Park Siding, on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, a few kilometers northeast of Fruitvale, was named for nearby landowner Andrew Park.
Oasis, just north of Trail, was originally called Crockettville after Harrison (Shorty) Crockett (1903-90) and his wife Kathleen (Kate).
It’s not as uncommon as it used to be, but it’s still a big deal when someone turns 100.
Since 1947, at least 65 people in West Kootenay/Boundary have received freedom of the city or village.
Despite being relatively inaccessible, there’s never been a shortage of famous and celebrated figures visiting West Kootenay/Boundary.
Salmo elementary school would close and Salmo secondary would be reconfigured as a K-12 in the top-ranked option presented last night.