Place Names

Who was Duncan River’s namesake?

Having spent the last three weeks looking into the origins of Howser, we backtrack a bit to examine where the name Duncan came from.

 

A Brilliant place

Brilliant, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers, was named in 1908 after Doukhobor leader Peter Verigin bought land there.

 

PLACE NAMES: Meadows, Melville, and Miles’ Ferry

Meadows was one of the original stops on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.

 

PLACE NAMES: Midway between what and what?

Many theories exist about how Midway got its name.

PLACE NAMES: Minton and Mineral City

Mineral City, six or seven miles up Cariboo Creek from Burton was concocted by Rossland interests.

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.

PLACE NAMES: Montgomery and Monte Carlo, part 1

Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo Landing were short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.

PLACE NAMES: Adding ‘hot springs’ was a non-starter in Nakusp

In the 1980s and mid-2000s, there were movements afoot to change the name of Nakusp to Nakusp Hot Springs.

PLACE NAMES: Montgomery and Monte Carlo, part 2

Last week we started looking at Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo, short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.

PLACE NAMES: Montrose and Myncaster

Montrose was named for a place in Scotland, but its origin isn’t completely straightforward.

PLACE NAMES: Nashville

Nashville, also known as Nashville City and Nashton, was a phantom town at the confluence of the Kaslo River and its south fork.

PLACE NAMES: Needles

Needles, the western terminal of the Lower Arrow Lake ferry, was formerly known as The Needles and was first mentioned in 1895.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Part 1

Nelson was named after BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93), but had several other names first.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson City vs. Bogustown

Earlier in this series we saw that Nelson’s Fairview neighbourhood was originally called Salisbury. It also had three other names.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Part 2

By 1888, the area around the Silver King mine was known as Hall’s Camp while two names were proposed for the infant town on Kootenay Lake.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, part 3

BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson never saw the town that was named after him, although he was encouraged to buy lots there.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Wash.

Thanks to Nelson, BC, a town in Washington state named Nelson was rechristened Danville.

PLACE NAMES: Nelway and New Galway

Nelway is a contraction of “Nelson and Spokane highway,” though some speculate it might be derived from “Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.”

PLACE NAMES: New Denver

New Denver was formerly called Eldorado. And before that, it was briefly called Slocan City.

PLACE NAMES: Niagara

Niagara was a railway boom town in the Boundary at the confluence of Fisherman Creek and the North Fork of the Kettle River.