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Having spent the last three weeks looking into the origins of Howser, we backtrack a bit to examine where the name Duncan came from.
Brilliant, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers, was named in 1908 after Doukhobor leader Peter Verigin bought land there.
Meadows was one of the original stops on the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.
Many theories exist about how Midway got its name.
Mineral City, six or seven miles up Cariboo Creek from Burton was concocted by Rossland interests.
Mirror Lake was first mentioned in the Nelson Miner of March 7, 1896, in connection with the first curling bonspiel in the Kootenays.
Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo Landing were short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.
In the 1980s and mid-2000s, there were movements afoot to change the name of Nakusp to Nakusp Hot Springs.
Last week we started looking at Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo, short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.
Montrose was named for a place in Scotland, but its origin isn’t completely straightforward.
Nashville, also known as Nashville City and Nashton, was a phantom town at the confluence of the Kaslo River and its south fork.
Needles, the western terminal of the Lower Arrow Lake ferry, was formerly known as The Needles and was first mentioned in 1895.
Nelson was named after BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93), but had several other names first.
Earlier in this series we saw that Nelson’s Fairview neighbourhood was originally called Salisbury. It also had three other names.
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.
BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson never saw the town that was named after him, although he was encouraged to buy lots there.
Thanks to Nelson, BC, a town in Washington state named Nelson was rechristened Danville.
Nelway is a contraction of “Nelson and Spokane highway,” though some speculate it might be derived from “Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.”
New Denver was formerly called Eldorado. And before that, it was briefly called Slocan City.
Niagara was a railway boom town in the Boundary at the confluence of Fisherman Creek and the North Fork of the Kettle River.