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Rounding out the A’s: Annable, Apex, and Arrow Park
Ninth in a series on West Kootenay-Boundary place names
The Warfield suburb of Annable was previously known as Jackson’s Siding and Winn. The former, according to the Warfield Golden Jubilee booklet, was for a train conductor “who researched transportation methods along the CPR between Rossland and Trail.”
An early reference appeared in the Nelson Daily News, July 29, 1910: “Twenty-five men were also sent to Jackson’s Siding where there is a bad fire …”
Winn, meanwhile, honoured a Rossland lawyer employed in the office of the planer mill established by George Malcolm (Mac) Annable, after whom the neighbourhood was finally christened. (Annable’s grandson published a book about him called The Laugh That Shook the West.)
From the Daily News, January 12, 1912: “The post office department has decided to change the name of the town from Winn to Annable and the CPR will put the change into effect on their next working timetable to be issued. The railway name for the station at this place is now Jackson’s siding.”
When Warfield was incorporated in 1952, 62 per cent of residents preferred to call the village Warfield instead of Annable-Warfield. But Annable is still in common use and there is a road by that name.
The cross-country ski area between Nelson and Ymir appeared in the civic directories by 1910. It was a flag station along the Great Northern Railway. It’s sometimes referred to as Apex-Busk, the latter referring to the site of Camp Busk, named for Charles Westly Busk, founder of the first Nelson boy scout troop.
Also known as West Arrow Park, it is 19 km south of Nakusp on the west side of Upper Arrow Lake. The post office opened December 1, 1908 and closed on May 29, 1968 following construction of the Hugh Keenlyside dam that inundated the community.
Although it essentially ceased to exist, you can still catch the Arrow Park ferry, and an annual reunion is held there hosted by the Friends of Old Arrow Park.
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