Place Names

PLACE NAMES: Paulson and Petersbury

Today Paulson is a bridge, a backroad, and a highway, but originally it was a siding on the Columbia and Western Railway.

PLACE NAMES: Paterson

The border crossing southwest of Rossland was named for Archibald Neil Paterson (1865-1935).

PLACE NAMES: Passmore

The Slocan Valley community of Passmore has a confusing naming history, including two or three possible namesakes.

PLACE NAMES: Oro

Oro, which means gold in Italian and Spanish, was a townsite at the junction of Lemon and Crusader Creeks in the Slocan Valley.

PLACE NAMES: Ootischenia

Ootischenia is one of two Doukhobor place names that remain widely used in West Kootenay.

PLACE NAMES: Niagara

Niagara was a railway boom town in the Boundary at the confluence of Fisherman Creek and the North Fork of the Kettle River.

PLACE NAMES: New Denver

New Denver was formerly called Eldorado. And before that, it was briefly called Slocan City.

PLACE NAMES: Nelway and New Galway

Nelway is a contraction of “Nelson and Spokane highway,” though some speculate it might be derived from “Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.”

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Wash.

Thanks to Nelson, BC, a town in Washington state named Nelson was rechristened Danville.

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.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, part 3

BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson never saw the town that was named after him, although he was encouraged to buy lots there.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Part 2

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.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Part 1

Nelson was named after BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93), but had several other names first.

PLACE NAMES: Needles

Needles, the western terminal of the Lower Arrow Lake ferry, was formerly known as The Needles and was first mentioned in 1895.

PLACE NAMES: Nashville

Nashville, also known as Nashville City and Nashton, was a phantom town at the confluence of the Kaslo River and its south fork.

PLACE NAMES: Adding ‘hot springs’ was a non-starter in Nakusp

In the 1980s and mid-2000s, there were movements afoot to change the name of Nakusp to Nakusp Hot Springs.

PLACE NAMES: Montrose and Myncaster

Montrose was named for a place in Scotland, but its origin isn’t completely straightforward.

PLACE NAMES: Montgomery and Monte Carlo, part 2

Last week we started looking at Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo, short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.

PLACE NAMES: Montgomery and Monte Carlo, part 1

Montgomery, Monte Carlo, and Waterloo Landing were short-lived mining towns on the east side of the Columbia River.

PLACE NAMES: Mirror Lake and Molly Gibson Landing

Mirror Lake was first mentioned in the Nelson Miner of March 7, 1896, in connection with the first curling bonspiel in the Kootenays.