The townsite of Hall was surveyed in 1899. Only Ivy Street is on the map today.

The townsite of Hall was surveyed in 1899. Only Ivy Street is on the map today.

Hall Siding honours brothers who staked Silver King mine

Hall Siding is named for Osner and Winslow Hall of Colville, who led the party that discovered silver deposits on Toad Mountain in 1886.

Eighty-fourth in a series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names

Hall Siding, 16 km south of Nelson along Highway 6, is a former railway stop, first mentioned in the Nelson Tribune of December 14, 1893: “The stations on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard road are named Waneta, Beaver, Meadows, Salmon, Hall, Summit, Nelson, and Kootenay.”

The earliest use of the current form of the name was in the Northport (Wash.) News of September 26, 1895: “Joe Keller and Ike Thomas, who have been doing prospect work along the Salmon in the neighborhood of Hall’s Siding, BC have returned fully satisfied …”

The siding is named for brothers Osner (1836-1917) and Winslow (1831-?) Hall of Colville, who led the party that discovered silver and copper deposits on Toad Mountain in 1886. They subsequently staked the Silver King claim, which gave birth to Nelson.

A townsite, known as Halls, was surveyed by O.B.N. Wilkie out of the original Nelson and Fort Sheppard land grant and deposited with the land registry on January 9, 1899. The streets were named Ivy, Vine, Fern, and Myrtle. Today only Ivy Street survives.

The Hall post office opened in 1898, closed in 1904, reopened in 1914, and closed again in 1925.

Hall Siding remains a small residential community. The name is preserved in Hall Siding Road.

Hall Landing and Healy’s Landing

These two places on the Duncan River might be one and the same, but it’s hard to say. The former’s namesake is unknown, but the latter is after John (Jack) Healy (often spelled Healey) a packer of supplies to mining camps and halfway house proprietor.

Healy also has a namesake creek that flows into the Lardeau River, first mentioned in the Nelson Miner of October 1, 1892: “It is reported that a prospector from Kaslo … has made a rich strike in the vicinity of the group of claims recently located by J.W. Haskins and others near the head of Healy creek.”

Hall Landing is first mentioned in The Kootenaian of August 17, 1899: “Passengers for Hall Landing leave Kaslo on steamer Hercules on Friday, proceeding to Duncan same afternoon by steamer Marion, leaving there on Saturday at 8 a.m. and arriving at Hall Landing at noon.

In 1900, John Healy applied for a liquor license at Hall’s Landing — not to be confused with another Hall’s Landing on Upper Arrow Lake, between Arrowhead and Revelstoke. In 1901, he applied for a renewal at “Hall Creek Landing.”

According to Maitland Harrison in Where the Lardeau River Flows, before coming to Canada Healy was a jockey in Ireland. He was lured across the ocean to ride for a “rich American,” but later set out on his own. Arriving in the Lardeau, “he built this little log house and got a bunch of horses and started the hotel. He had about five or six bedrooms, a living room, bar, dining room, and kitchen. It was rough and ready but beautiful.”

Around 1908, Jack’s niece Maude came out from Ireland to join him. The two grew their own food, hunted and trapped. “She’d cook and keep the place and he ran the horses,” Harrison recalled. “People would come up on the boat and they’d put them up at night and feed them. The next day Jack would take them up the valley with his pack train.”

The earliest mention of Healy’s Landing, which is about 12 miles (19 km) from Hall Creek, is in the BC government sessional papers of 1908. The first known newspaper mention is from The Ledge of July 17, 1913: “Owing to the extreme prevalence of mosquitoes along the Duncan river, work has been suspended for the summer on the trail between Healy’s landing and Hall creek.”

A late mention of Healy’s Landing appeared in the Chilliwack Progress of December 13, 1934.

Jack Healy was alive as of 1922, but it’s unclear when he died. Maude passed away in Kaslo in 1976, age 87.

Previous installments in this series





Annable, Apex, and Arrow Park

Annable, revisited


Applegrove, Appleby, and Appledale revisited

Argenta and Arrowhead


Bakers, Birds, and Bosun Landing


Bannock City, Basin City, and Bear Lake City



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



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 Lake

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

Deer Park

East Arrow Park and Edgewood


English Cove and English Point



Evans Creek and Evansport

Falls City




Ferguson, revisited


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

Galena Bay



Gilpin and Glade

Gladstone and Gerrard, revisited

Glendevon and Graham Landing

Gloster City

Goldfields and Gold Hill

Grand Forks, Part 1

Grand Forks, Part 2

Granite Siding and Granite City

Gray Creek, Part 1

Gray Creek, Part 2

Gray Creek, revisited

Green City


Halcyon Hot Springs