Seventy-second in an alphabetical series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names
Glendevon was a community on the west side of Upper Arrow Lake south of Nakusp, between Birds Landing and West Demars, originally known as Forest Glen.
According to Kate Johnson’s Pioneer Days of Nakusp and Arrow Lakes, its name was inspired by pioneer Robert Glendenning (1847-1907). Another theory has it that Agnes Menzies (1878-1942) named Forest Glen after a place in Scotland about 1923-24.
Forest Glen school opened in 1929, but when the post office moved there from West Demars, it used the name Glendevon because there was already a Forest Glen post office in Nova Scotia.
The Arrow Lakes News of March 12, 1931 announced: “A new post office will be opened up at Forest Glen … under the name of Glendevon … With the opening … the name Forest Glen will be a thing of the past.”
The post office closed in 1942, along with the school, which was still named Forest Glen.
This settlement in the Columbia River Narrows opposite and a little north of Burton was named for Alexander James Graham (1867-1943), who had a farm and small sawmill there.
According to Milton Parent in Port of Nakusp, Graham moved there with his wife Margaret and daughter Lillian late in 1903. Graham Creek was also named after them.
Lillian is absent from the 1911 census, but by that time another daughter, Beatrice, had been born. Graham Landing then boasted a population of 42.
The post office opened on June 1 that year with Graham as postmaster. He held the job until 1943, when Beatrice took over. The office closed in 1949.
What remained of the community by the 1960s was a casualty of the Keenleyside dam.
Previous installments in this series
Annable, Apex, and Arrow Park
Applegrove, Appleby, and Appledale revisited
Argenta and Arrowhead
Bakers, Birds, and Bosun Landing
Bannock City, Basin City, and Bear Lake City
Bealby Point (aka Florence Park) revisited
Belford and Blewett
Beaverdell and Billings
Birchbank and Birchdale
Blueberry and Bonnington
Boswell, Bosworth, Boulder Mill, and Broadwater
Brooklyn, Brouse, and Burnt Flat
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 City and Christian Valley
Clubb Landing and Coltern
Cody and Champion Creek revisited
Champion Creek revisited, again
Columbia City, Columbia Gardens, and Columbia Park
Cooper Creek and Corra Linn
Crawford Bay and Comaplix revisited
Crescent Valley and Craigtown
Dawson, Deadwood, and Deanshaven
East Arrow Park and Edgewood
English Cove and English Point
Evans Creek and Evansport
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
Fruitvale and Fraine
Gilpin and Glade
Gladstone and Gerrard, revisited