Greg Nesteroff

The siding sign remains at Poupore

PLACE NAMES: Poupore, Powder Point, and Power’s Camp

Of the few remaining railway siding signs in this area, Poupore surely ranks as the oddest.

The siding sign remains at Poupore
ABOVE: This rare photo of the Porto Rico Hotel and store is contained in an album in the Uno Langmann collection entitled “A Visit to British Columbia 1898.” UBC digitized it and placed it online last year. BELOW: The Porto Rico post office was in business from 1918 to 1926. This rare example of the postmark sold for $50 in 2008.

PLACE NAMES: Porto Rico and Pottersville

Porto Rico is an anglicized spelling of Puerto Rico. It was also the name of a mine at the head of Barrett Creek north of Ymir.

ABOVE: This rare photo of the Porto Rico Hotel and store is contained in an album in the Uno Langmann collection entitled “A Visit to British Columbia 1898.” UBC digitized it and placed it online last year. BELOW: The Porto Rico post office was in business from 1918 to 1926. This rare example of the postmark sold for $50 in 2008.
Poplar Creek was a boom town in 1903-04. There are only a few homes there today.

PLACE NAMES: Poplar and Porcupine

The Lardeau ghost town of Poplar Creek was the site of a short-lived gold rush that began in 1903.

Poplar Creek was a boom town in 1903-04. There are only a few homes there today.
ABOVE: A plaque unveiled in Ralph West’s honour gave the wrong date — it should have said May 30

15,000 attended Castlegar airport’s opening

Castlegar’s airport appears to have been designated the regional facility for West Kootenay around 1951.

ABOVE: A plaque unveiled in Ralph West’s honour gave the wrong date — it should have said May 30
ABOVE: Many businesses have adopted the name Playmor over the years. BELOW: An ad for Playmor Hall from the Nelson Daily News of Aug. 31

PLACE NAMES: Playmor Junction

Playmor Junction, at the intersection of Highway 6 and 3A, is one of the more recent additions to local toponymy, dating to 1968.

ABOVE: Many businesses have adopted the name Playmor over the years. BELOW: An ad for Playmor Hall from the Nelson Daily News of Aug. 31
Alfred Pingston was a highly skilled Columbia River steamboat captain. Two creeks

Pingston named for early steamboat captain

Pingston Creek, and the locality of Pingston, on the west side of Upper Arrow Lake, were named for Alfred Thomas Pingston (1840-86).

Alfred Pingston was a highly skilled Columbia River steamboat captain. Two creeks
This promotional image for To Steal the Sky shows the antique rifle that resulted in director Antonio Bastone and another man being arrested Sunday.

Antique prop led to Nelson takedown, filmmaker says

One of two local men arrested in a gun scare Sunday afternoon says the weapon involved was actually an antique film prop.

This promotional image for To Steal the Sky shows the antique rifle that resulted in director Antonio Bastone and another man being arrested Sunday.
Winlaw elementary is one of six schools the Kootenay Lake district is thinking about closing. At least 17 other local schools have closed since 1998

COLUMN: Government makes trustees’ jobs even harder

As the Kootenay Lake district nears a decision on closing six schools, I thought about how many I’ve seen shuttered since 1998.

Winlaw elementary is one of six schools the Kootenay Lake district is thinking about closing. At least 17 other local schools have closed since 1998
Queens Bay residents say their namesake body of water should be preserved as a park instead of being converted into a ferry terminal.

Turn Queens Bay beach into regional park, residents say

Queens Bay residents would rather see their beach turned into a park than a parking lot.

Queens Bay residents say their namesake body of water should be preserved as a park instead of being converted into a ferry terminal.
The Pilot Bay lighthouse

PLACE NAMES: Pilot Bay

When James White of the Geographic Survey of Canada inquired about how Pilot Bay got its name, he received an intriguing reply.

The Pilot Bay lighthouse
The Castlegar airport terminal is seen in the 1950s. Canadian Pacific Airlines was the commercial carrier at the time.

The early Castlegar airport story

West Kootenay’s chief landing strip was born out of both collaboration and controversy.

The Castlegar airport terminal is seen in the 1950s. Canadian Pacific Airlines was the commercial carrier at the time.
Phoenix

PLACE NAMES: Phoenix

Phoenix turned out to be a prophetic name for the Boundary’s greatest ghost town.

Phoenix
Hundreds of people packed the Redfish school gym to view sign boards

Residents pack Kootenay Lake ferry meeting

The Ministry of Transportation insists that moving the Balfour ferry terminal to Queens Bay isn’t a done deal.

Hundreds of people packed the Redfish school gym to view sign boards
This map from the SNC-Lavalin study on moving the Balfour ferry landing shows the existing route and the proposed route to a new site on the north end of Queens Bay.

Queens Bay ferry move would cost $25 million, study says

A study concludes that constructing a new ferry terminal on the north side of Queens Bay would cost $25 million.

This map from the SNC-Lavalin study on moving the Balfour ferry landing shows the existing route and the proposed route to a new site on the north end of Queens Bay.
John Virtue

The virtues of a Nelson boyhood

A Nelson native who covered Latin America for United Press International has died at 81.

John Virtue
The Balfour ferry landing could be on the move

Battle brewing over Balfour ferry terminal

Queens Bay residents are preparing to oppose any plans to relocate the Kootenay Lake ferry’s western terminal to their neighbourhood.

The Balfour ferry landing could be on the move
The most historic building at Perry Siding is the Threads Guild Hall

PLACE NAMES: Perry Siding

The Slocan Valley community of Perry Siding was likely named for Charles Edward Perry (1843-1906), a civil engineer and land surveyor.

The most historic building at Perry Siding is the Threads Guild Hall
Henning von Krogh will launch his new book late this month

New book recounts early New Denver

When Henning and Judy von Krogh bought their heritage house on 5th Ave. in New Denver in 1978, they made a few discoveries.

Henning von Krogh will launch his new book late this month
The Paulson Hotel

PLACE NAMES: Paulson and Petersbury

Today Paulson is a bridge, a backroad, and a highway, but originally it was a siding on the Columbia and Western Railway.

The Paulson Hotel
Minnie Brown with Alfred

Window opens on Kaslo pioneer families

A cache of early Kaslo photos has turned up, providing new insight into some of West Kootenay’s black pioneers.

Minnie Brown with Alfred