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

One-hundred thirty-fifth in an alphabetical series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names

Earlier in this series we saw that Nelson’s Fairview neighbourhood was originally called Salisbury, or Salisbury Landing. It also had three other names.

A Victoria consortium surveyed the area as a townsite and called it Nelson City, first mentioned in an ad in the Victoria Daily Colonist of Aug. 7, 1889 (pictured at left). An auction of lots was held that month, and a beautiful colour prospectus was issued including a street map.

The avenues were numbered first through sixth plus Nelson and Kootenay, while the streets were given alphabetical names that mostly survive today: Anderson, Behnsen, Cottonwood, Davies, Elwyn, Fell, and Gordon. (Gordon St. is now Gordon Rd. and Kootenay Ave. was renamed Kokanee Ave., probably when Fairview joined the City of Nelson in 1921 — there was already a Kootenay St. in Nelson.)

Anderson St. was after Harry Anderson, the police officer and mining recorder who named his pre-emption Salisbury. Anderson Creek was also named after him. Most of the other street names were after prominent Victorians, including Thomas Elwyn, Joshua Davies, and James F. Fell, some or all of whom were involved in the townsite promotion. Additionally, there were Pine, Maple, and Oak streets.

According to the Colonist of Jan. 7, 1896, many people bought lots in Nelson City “under the impression that they were buying lots in Nelson itself.” That, combined with the fact local bills for the development weren’t paid on time, resulted in a colourful if disparaging nickname for the area: Bogustown.

Also spelled Bogus Town, it was first mentioned in the debut issue of the Nelson Miner on June 21, 1890, although by then it had probably been in use for some time: “Building operations progress rather slowly in Nelson owing to several causes … But these are no reasons why Nelson is to be outstripped in the race for commercial supremacy by ‘Bogustown.’”

Bogustown became the common name for the neighbourhood, to its owners’ chagrin.

The Nelson Miner of Aug. 7, 1897 noted: “The Nelson City Land & Improvement Company, the owners of the townsite just beyond the eastern boundary of the city limits, have relocated their survey stakes, many of the old stakes being destroyed by fire, and have opened up several streets. Nelson Ave. is being cleared from one end to the other …

“The property has been facticiously [sic] known as Bogustown, but the proper name is Lake View, given on account of the three-quarters of a mile lake front. Some time ago, many of the lots were sold to Victorians, who with their characteristic enterprise, have made no improvements there. Lake View is the only level track [sic] of land in the vicinity of Nelson.”

This is actually the first known use of Lake View, which appeared in ads for the next few weeks. Fairview first pops up in a real estate ad in the Nelson Tribune of Sept. 12, 1899, although it took a long time for people to stop calling it Bogustown.

The name is perpetuated today by the Bogustown India Grill and Lounge.

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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

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

Greenwood

Halcyon Hot Springs

Hall Siding and Healy’s Landing

Harrop

Hartford Junction

Hills

Howser, Part 1

Howser, Part 2

Howser, Part 3

Howser, Part 4

Hudu Valley, Huntingtdon, and Healy’s Landing revisited

Inonoaklin Valley (aka Fire Valley)

Jersey, Johnsons Landing, and Jubilee Point

Kaslo, Part 1

Kaslo, Part 2

Kaslo, Part 3

Kaslo, Part 4

Kettle River, Part 1

Kettle River, Part 2

Kinnaird, Part 1

Kinnaird, Part 2

Kitto Landing

Koch Siding and Keen

Kokanee

Kootenay Bay, Kraft, and Krestova

Kuskonook, Part 1

Kuskonook, Part 2

Kuskonook (and Kuskanax), Part 3

Labarthe, Lafferty, and Longbeach

Lardeau, Part 1

Lardeau, Part 2

Lardeau, Part 3

Lardeau, Part 4

Lebahdo

Lemon Creek, Part 1

Lemon Creek, Part 2

Lemon Creek, Part 3

Makinsons Landing and Marblehead

McDonalds Landing, McGuigan, and Meadow Creek

Meadows, Melville, and Miles’ Ferry

Midway

Mineral City and Minton

Mirror Lake and Molly Gibson Landing

Montgomery and Monte Carlo, Part 1

Montgomery and Monte Carlo, Part 2

Montrose and Myncaster

Nakusp, Part 1

Nakusp, Part 2

Nashville

Needles

Nelson, Part 1

Nelson, Part 2

Nelson, Part 3

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