Glendevon, Graham Landing among lost Arrow Lakes towns

Graham Landing and Glendevon were casualties of the Keenleyside dam. Both had post offices, schools, and churches.



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.

Graham Landing

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

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

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