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: 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.

PLACE NAMES: Rossland, Part 1

The area where Rossland sits was first called kEluwi’sst or kmarkn by the Sinixt First Nation, who knew it as a good area for huckleberries.

PLACE NAMES: Rosebery and Ross Spur

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

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: 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.

PLACE NAMES: Riondel

The origin of Riondel’s name is no mystery, but its pronunciation has been controversial for generations.

PLACE NAMES: Rhone and Rideau

Rhone, a former railway siding four miles west of Westbridge, was first mentioned in the Kelowna Record of June 10, 1915.

PLACE NAMES: Retallack

Retallack is another place in the Valley of the Ghosts along Highway 31A between Kaslo and New Denver known by several names.

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: Procter, Part 2

Procter was named for entrepreneur Thomas Gregg Procter (1862-1913), but his name was often misspelled Proctor.

PLACE NAMES: Procter, Part 1

Is it Procter or Proctor? The answer is simple but the explanation is complicated.