Greg Nesteroff

This ca. 1940s postcard is labelled “Custom House

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.”

This ca. 1940s postcard is labelled “Custom House
The Ministry of Transportation says replacing cable ferries like the one at Glade seen here with new vessels will save money in the long run.

New Glade, Harrop ferries will save $11 million, ministry says

The Ministry of Transportation expects to save $11 million by building new cable ferries for Harrop and Glade rather than bridges.

The Ministry of Transportation says replacing cable ferries like the one at Glade seen here with new vessels will save money in the long run.
No. 3 plant hall

COLUMN: Historic South Slocan building deserves better fate

How incredibly disappointing that FortisBC plans to do away with the West Kootenay Power staff house.

No. 3 plant hall
FortisBC will demolish the old West Kootenay Power staff house at South Slocan (seen here in 2006) once it opens a new operations centre in Ootischenia.

FortisBC to demolish South Slocan buildings

Now that it has approval to build a new operations centre, FortisBC plans to demolish its old South Slocan administration office.

FortisBC will demolish the old West Kootenay Power staff house at South Slocan (seen here in 2006) once it opens a new operations centre in Ootischenia.
Lisa Martini and David Lightle present Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne with flowers outside Selkirk College as Mary Anderson and Dick Wayling look on

Famous faces in West Kootenay/Boundary

Despite being relatively inaccessible, there’s never been a shortage of famous and celebrated figures visiting West Kootenay/Boundary.

Lisa Martini and David Lightle present Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne with flowers outside Selkirk College as Mary Anderson and Dick Wayling look on
This ad for the Old Log Store in Nelson

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Wash.

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

This ad for the Old Log Store in Nelson
Hester Waggener (nee Pierre) is seen at age 16

Educating Hester: A black pioneer family in Nelson

In the 1956 Nelson High School yearbook, there’s a brief but heartwarming memoir by Hester L. Waggener recalling her days as a student.

Hester Waggener (nee Pierre) is seen at age 16
Several scenarios presented at a public meeting Wednesday would result in the closure or reconfiguration of W.E. Graham school in Slocan

Winlaw rebuild tops list of Slocan Valley school options

Rebuilding Winlaw elementary school is the highest ranking scenario among Slocan Valley schools.

Several scenarios presented at a public meeting Wednesday would result in the closure or reconfiguration of W.E. Graham school in Slocan
Salmo secondary would become home to both elementary and secondary students under the top-ranked reconfiguration option presented at a public meeting Tuesday.

Combining Salmo schools top reconfiguration option

Salmo elementary school would close and Salmo secondary would be reconfigured as a K-12 in the top-ranked option presented last night.

Salmo secondary would become home to both elementary and secondary students under the top-ranked reconfiguration option presented at a public meeting Tuesday.
Work is well underway on the Nelson pool renovation

Nelson pool windfall still being debated

It remains to be seen what a windfall for the Nelson aquatic centre will mean for taxpayers.

Work is well underway on the Nelson pool renovation
Under one scenario presented Monday night

Jewett closure top-ranked option for Kaslo-area schools

Jewett elementary school in Meadow Creek would close under the top-ranked reconfiguration option for Kaslo-area schools presented Monday.

Under one scenario presented Monday night
Hospital laundry workers and supporters gathered in front of city hall on Monday ahead of a decision today by Interior Health to contract out the laundry service at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Nelson hospital laundry to be privatized

Interior Health says it will push ahead with contracting out laundry services at Kootenay Lake Hospital, expected to take effect in 2017.

Hospital laundry workers and supporters gathered in front of city hall on Monday ahead of a decision today by Interior Health to contract out the laundry service at Kootenay Lake Hospital.
This postcard shows the Ymir hospital on the north edge of town (circled). It opened in 1903 and burned down in 1930. Today it’s a vacant lot.

Ymir hospital met a fiery end

Finding staff for the Ymir hospital was always a challenge and turnover of doctors and nurses was high.

This postcard shows the Ymir hospital on the north edge of town (circled). It opened in 1903 and burned down in 1930. Today it’s a vacant lot.
The Nelson City Land & Improvement Co. promoted what they called Nelson City

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.

The Nelson City Land & Improvement Co. promoted what they called Nelson City
In 1904

Questioning hospital’s finances killed Ymir newspaper

Within three months of opening in 1903, questions emerged about how the Ymir Miners’ Union operated its hospital.

In 1904
BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93) gave his name to Nelson

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.

BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93) gave his name to Nelson
This postcard of the Ymir hospital is one of three known close-ups of the building

The life and times of the Ymir hospital

The Ymir hospital was one of the most picturesque buildings of its kind and era. But much of its history is little known.

This postcard of the Ymir hospital is one of three known close-ups of the building
We can pinpoint when Stanley became Nelson. The ad at left is from the Victoria Daily Colonist of Oct. 12

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.

We can pinpoint when Stanley became Nelson. The ad at left is from the Victoria Daily Colonist of Oct. 12
Those either seeking or considering standing for the Nelson-Creston Green Party nomination are

Race expected for Nelson-Creston Green nomination

Tanya Wall considers running for the Liberals, while incumbent New Democrat Michelle Mungall will seek a third term.

Those either seeking or considering standing for the Nelson-Creston Green Party nomination are
The former Slocan sawmill site is seen during demolition two years ago this month.

Columbia Basin Trust looks at Slocan mill site

The Village of Slocan and Columbia Basin Trust are jointly eyeing the former mill site on the community’s waterfront.

The former Slocan sawmill site is seen during demolition two years ago this month.