PLACE NAMES: Mirror Lake and Molly Gibson Landing

Mirror Lake was first mentioned in the Nelson Miner of March 7, 1896, in connection with the first curling bonspiel in the Kootenays.

Mirror Lake’s post office



One hundred twenty-fourth in an alphabetical series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names

Mirror Lake was first mentioned in the Nelson Miner of March 7, 1896: “The Kaslo Curling Club which, with the exception of one at Golden is the only curling club in BC, held its annual bonspiel on Tuesday, 3rd inst., on Mirror lake, three miles from Kaslo.”

The club was only formed in November 1895, so this was in fact the first bonspiel held in the Kootenays — Horace D. Bucke won a medal given by the Manitoba branch of the Royal Caledonian Club.

A history compiled by the Kaslo and District Women’s Institute in 1956 stated: “The community of Mirror Lake was named from a small picturesque lake surrounded by mountains which protect it from winds, thus leaving the surface of the water smooth and reflective as a mirror, from which the name derives.”

For years, a Nelson company cut and sold ice from the lake.

Mirror Lake had another claim to fame: its post office, which opened in 1909 and closed in 1970, was allegedly featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not! as the world’s smallest. The cartoon has proved elusive, but it certainly was tiny, about the size of a toolshed. It now sits next to the SS Moyie in Kaslo.

MOLLY GIBSON LANDING

This spot on Kootenay Lake took its name for a mine up Kokanee Creek which was first mentioned in the Vancouver Daily World of June 2, 1896: “The Crusader group, consisting of five claims, bonded for $50,000 … resembles the Molly Gibson of Aspen, Col., in all of its characteristics.”

Both the Colorado and Kokanee Creek Molly Gibson mines proved to be major producers. But ours is best known as the site of one of West Kootenay’s deadliest disasters: on Christmas Day 1902, an avalanche struck the bunkhouse, killing nine men.

Molly Gibson Landing was first mentioned in the Nelson Tribune of Sept. 5, 1900: “Three cars of tramway outfit for the Molly Gibson mine were received yesterday from Illecillewaet and forwarded to Molly Gibson landing.”

The Molly Gibson post office operated from June to October 1911, when the name was changed to Kokanee. A second Molly Gibson post office operated from August 1912 to November 1915, although it’s unclear whether it was at the mine site or at the landing.

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Introduction

Ainsworth

Alamo

Anaconda

Annable, Apex, and Arrow Park

Annable, revisited

Appledale

Applegrove, Appleby, and Appledale revisited

Argenta and Arrowhead

Aylwin

Bakers, Birds, and Bosun Landing

Balfour

Bannock City, Basin City, and Bear Lake City

Beasley

Beaton

Bealby Point

Bealby Point (aka Florence Park) revisited

Belford and Blewett

Beaverdell and Billings

Birchbank and Birchdale

Blueberry and Bonnington

Boswell, Bosworth, Boulder Mill, and Broadwater

Brandon

Brilliant

Brooklyn, Brouse, and Burnt Flat

Burton

Camborne, Cariboo City, and Carrolls Landing

Carmi, Cedar Point, Circle City, and Clark’s Camp

Carson, Carstens, and Cascade City

Casino and Champion Creek

Castlegar, Part 1

Castlegar, Part 2

Castlegar, Part 3

Christina Lake

Christina City and Christian Valley

Clubb Landing and Coltern

Cody and Champion Creek revisited

Champion Creek revisited, again

Columbia

Columbia City, Columbia Gardens, and Columbia Park

Comaplix

Cooper Creek and Corra Linn

Crawford Bay and Comaplix revisited

Crescent Valley and Craigtown

Davenport

Dawson, Deadwood, and Deanshaven

Deer Park

East Arrow Park and Edgewood

Eholt

English Cove and English Point

Enterprise

Erie

Evans Creek and Evansport

Falls City

Farron

Fauquier

Ferguson

Ferguson, revisited

Fife

Forslund, Fosthall, and Fairview

Fort Shepherd vs. Fort Sheppard, Part 1

Fort Shepherd vs. Fort Sheppard, Part 2

Fort Sheppard, revisited

Fraser’s Landing and Franklin

Fredericton

Fruitvale and Fraine

Galena Bay

Genelle

Gerrard

Gilpin and Glade

Gladstone and Gerrard, revisited

Glendevon and Graham Landing

Gloster City

Goldfields and Gold Hill

Grand Forks, Part 1

Grand Forks, Part 2

Granite Siding and Granite City

Gray Creek, Part 1

Gray Creek, Part 2

Gray Creek, revisited

Green City

Greenwood

Halcyon Hot Springs

Hall Siding and Healy’s Landing

Harrop

Hartford Junction

Hills

Howser, Part 1

Howser, Part 2

Howser, Part 3

Howser, Part 4

Hudu Valley, Huntingtdon, and Healy’s Landing revisited

Inonoaklin Valley (aka Fire Valley)

Jersey, Johnsons Landing, and Jubilee Point

Kaslo, Part 1

Kaslo, Part 2

Kaslo, Part 3

Kaslo, Part 4

Kettle River, Part 1

Kettle River, Part 2

Kinnaird, Part 1

Kinnaird, Part 2

Kitto Landing

Kokanee and Keen

Kootenay Bay, Kraft, and Krestova

Kuskonook, Part 1

Kuskonook, Part 2

Kuskonook (and Kuskanax), Part 3

Labarthe, Lafferty, and Longbeach

Lardeau, Part 1

Lardeau, Part 2

Lardeau, Part 3

Lardeau, Part 4

Lebahdo

Lemon Creek, Part 1

Lemon Creek, Part 2

Lemon Creek, Part 3

Makinsons Landing and Marblehead

McDonalds Landing, McGuigan, and Meadow Creek

Meadows, Melville, and Miles’ Ferry

Midway

Mineral City and Minton