Local History

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Cominco, West Kootenay Power, perpetuated in place names

Place Names: Consolidated Mining and Smelting (CM&S) became Cominco, then Teck-Cominco, then Teck

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The SS Kootenay is seen at Arrowhead, ca. 1905-10. It was one of at least three ships to be named Kootenay. Greg Nesteroff collection

Kootenay, the post offices and ships

Place Names: CPR sternwheeler and two navy destroyers took the name Kootenay

The SS Kootenay is seen at Arrowhead, ca. 1905-10. It was one of at least three ships to be named Kootenay. Greg Nesteroff collection
The Kootenay Hotel in Atlin was in business from 1899 to 1968, although it burned down three times.

Trading on Kootenay’s good name

Kootenay has been used to sell everything from stoves to washboards to cigars — even a patent medicine

The Kootenay Hotel in Atlin was in business from 1899 to 1968, although it burned down three times.
The Yaqan Nukiy are one of the six bands of the Ktunaxa Nation. According to the Creston Museum, this photo was taken in 1917. The man in the white shirt on the right is Louis Pascale and behind him, leaning forward is Chief Alexander.

No, Kootenay doesn’t mean ‘water people’

Place Names: Ethnographers have expended much effort seeing the roots of Kootenay and/or Ktunaxa

The Yaqan Nukiy are one of the six bands of the Ktunaxa Nation. According to the Creston Museum, this photo was taken in 1917. The man in the white shirt on the right is Louis Pascale and behind him, leaning forward is Chief Alexander.
34 ways to spell Kootenay (or is it Kootenai?)

34 ways to spell Kootenay (or is it Kootenai?)

Place Names: No consensus existed in the 19th century on how to write the name of our region

34 ways to spell Kootenay (or is it Kootenai?)
Big mess created by adding an ‘S’ to West Kootenay
Big mess created by adding an ‘S’ to West Kootenay
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Rossland’s Jackie Drysdale lauded for decades of heritage preservation

Rossland’s Jackie Drysdale lauded for decades of heritage preservation

Heritage BC recognizes Drysdale with lifetime achievement award

Rossland’s Jackie Drysdale lauded for decades of heritage preservation
Aya Higashi, a longtime Kaslo teacher, was posthumously honoured along with her late husband Buck when the village’s Railway Avenue was renamed Higashi Way in 2016. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Name Kaslo street after Japanese-Canadian doctor, resident urged

Place Names: Kaslo, streets, Midway additions, and Val Mar neighbourhood

Aya Higashi, a longtime Kaslo teacher, was posthumously honoured along with her late husband Buck when the village’s Railway Avenue was renamed Higashi Way in 2016. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Marilyn Burgoon, seen here outside the Nelson courthouse, took on the Lemon Creek fuel spill case when no one else would, Greg Nesteroff writes. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Column: Slocan Valley environmentalist deserves thanks for tenacity

Marilyn Burgoon stepped in when no one else would to ensure justice in the Lemon Creek fuel spill

Marilyn Burgoon, seen here outside the Nelson courthouse, took on the Lemon Creek fuel spill case when no one else would, Greg Nesteroff writes. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
New York county gave Salmo River canyon its name

New York county gave Salmo River canyon its name

Place Names: Shenango Canyon, Sheep Creek City, Beaverville

New York county gave Salmo River canyon its name