Greg Nesteroff

The old Cascade highway near Rossland is seeing looking down into Sheep Creek in this ca. 1940s postcard.

PLACE NAMES: Sheep Creek

Two noteworthy Sheep Creeks exist in West Kootenay.

The old Cascade highway near Rossland is seeing looking down into Sheep Creek in this ca. 1940s postcard.
An ad from the Kaslo-Slocan Examiner of May 13

PLACE NAMES: Seaton

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

An ad from the Kaslo-Slocan Examiner of May 13
This ad for the Sayward townsite appeared in the Nelson Miner on Aug. 12

PLACE NAMES: Sayward

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

This ad for the Sayward townsite appeared in the Nelson Miner on Aug. 12
Two of Sandon’s remaining buildings are seen in the 1960s. The building on the left is now the museum

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.

Two of Sandon’s remaining buildings are seen in the 1960s. The building on the left is now the museum
Sandon is seen sometime following the fire of 1900 that razed the downtown district. This postcard was mailed in 1907. The town was named after prospector John Sandon.

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.

Sandon is seen sometime following the fire of 1900 that razed the downtown district. This postcard was mailed in 1907. The town was named after prospector John Sandon.
Ads in the Nelson Daily News during the summer of 1910 exalted the many advantages of Salmon Rapids

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.”

Ads in the Nelson Daily News during the summer of 1910 exalted the many advantages of Salmon Rapids
This ad appeared in the Vancouver Daily World on March 12

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.

This ad appeared in the Vancouver Daily World on March 12
The hotel at St. Leon Hot Springs is seen above on a ca. 1950s postcard when Ed Gates operated it as the Gates of St. Leon

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.

The hotel at St. Leon Hot Springs is seen above on a ca. 1950s postcard when Ed Gates operated it as the Gates of St. Leon
The original Rossland townsite plan

PLACE NAMES: Rossland, Part 2

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.

The original Rossland townsite plan
This ca. 1940s postcard misspelled Rosebery as Roseberry. The boat pictured was also called the Rosebery.

PLACE NAMES: Rosebery and Ross Spur

Rosebery, on Slocan Lake, was originally known as Wilson Creek, the body of water that flows through it.

This ca. 1940s postcard misspelled Rosebery as Roseberry. The boat pictured was also called the Rosebery.
The CPR’s Kootenay Lake Hotel was built at Balfour

PLACE NAMES: Ritaville, Riverside, and Rivervale

Ritaville was only ever mentioned once but it’s notable as one of the few local places named after a woman.

The CPR’s Kootenay Lake Hotel was built at Balfour
The Castlegar airport terminal is seen in the 1950s. Canadian Pacific Airlines was the commercial carrier at the time.

The early Castlegar airport story

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

The Castlegar airport terminal is seen in the 1950s. Canadian Pacific Airlines was the commercial carrier at the time.
Paterson

PLACE NAMES: Paterson

The border crossing southwest of Rossland was named for Archibald Neil Paterson (1865-1935).

Paterson
Greenwood city hall

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.

Greenwood city hall
ABOVE and BELOW INSET: The original Park Siding school

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.

ABOVE and BELOW INSET: The original Park Siding school
Crockettville Service is seen in the 1940s. From far left

PLACE NAMES: Oasis and Oatescott

Oasis, just north of Trail, was originally called Crockettville after Harrison (Shorty) Crockett (1903-90) and his wife Kathleen (Kate).

Crockettville Service is seen in the 1940s. From far left
From left

Centenarians of West Kootenay/Boundary

It’s not as uncommon as it used to be, but it’s still a big deal when someone turns 100.

From left
From left

Freemen and freewomen of West Kootenay/Boundary

Since 1947, at least 65 people in West Kootenay/Boundary have received freedom of the city or village.

From left
Lisa Martini and David Lightle present Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne with flowers outside Selkirk College as Mary Anderson and Dick Wayling look on

Famous faces in West Kootenay/Boundary

Despite being relatively inaccessible, there’s never been a shortage of famous and celebrated figures visiting West Kootenay/Boundary.

Lisa Martini and David Lightle present Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne with flowers outside Selkirk College as Mary Anderson and Dick Wayling look on
Salmo secondary would become home to both elementary and secondary students under the top-ranked reconfiguration option presented at a public meeting Tuesday.

Combining Salmo schools top reconfiguration option

Salmo elementary school would close and Salmo secondary would be reconfigured as a K-12 in the top-ranked option presented last night.

Salmo secondary would become home to both elementary and secondary students under the top-ranked reconfiguration option presented at a public meeting Tuesday.