Place Names

The Paulson Hotel

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.

The Paulson Hotel
Paterson

PLACE NAMES: Paterson

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

Paterson
The old Passmore railway siding sign was tacked to the side of the Carson store in the early 2000s.

PLACE NAMES: Passmore

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

The old Passmore railway siding sign was tacked to the side of the Carson store in the early 2000s.
The Oro townsite on Lemon Creek had many lots that were probably never cleared much less built upon.

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.

The Oro townsite on Lemon Creek had many lots that were probably never cleared much less built upon.
A Doukhobor village in Ootischenia is seen ca. 1940s.

PLACE NAMES: Ootischenia

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

A Doukhobor village in Ootischenia is seen ca. 1940s.
The name Niagara survives in a street sign where the townsite used to be.

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.

The name Niagara survives in a street sign where the townsite used to be.
The ad at left for Hunter and McKinnon at Eldorado City first appeared in the Nelson Miner of Jan. 9

PLACE NAMES: New Denver

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

The ad at left for Hunter and McKinnon at Eldorado City first appeared in the Nelson Miner of Jan. 9
This ca. 1940s postcard is labelled “Custom House

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.”

This ca. 1940s postcard is labelled “Custom House
This ad for the Old Log Store in Nelson

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Wash.

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

This ad for the Old Log Store in Nelson
The Nelson City Land & Improvement Co. promoted what they called Nelson City

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
BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93) gave his name to Nelson

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.

BC Lt.-Gov. Hugh Nelson (1830-93) gave his name to Nelson
We can pinpoint when Stanley became Nelson. The ad at left is from the Victoria Daily Colonist of Oct. 12

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.

We can pinpoint when Stanley became Nelson. The ad at left is from the Victoria Daily Colonist of Oct. 12
Nelson was known to First Nations as kaia’mElEp or k’iyá’mlup and to early prospectors as Toad Mountain camp. This postcard shows Baker St. ca. 1900.

PLACE NAMES: Nelson, Part 1

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

Nelson was known to First Nations as kaia’mElEp or k’iyá’mlup and to early prospectors as Toad Mountain camp. This postcard shows Baker St. ca. 1900.
George Craft is seen in front of the Needles Hotel

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.

George Craft is seen in front of the Needles Hotel
This ad for the auction of Nashville City lots appeared in the Nelson Miner of Oct. 15

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.

This ad for the auction of Nashville City lots appeared in the Nelson Miner of Oct. 15
Nakusp is famous for its hot springs (seen here in a ca. 1940s postcard) but in 2005

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.

Nakusp is famous for its hot springs (seen here in a ca. 1940s postcard) but in 2005
Montrose was named for a resort town in Scotland. It was formerly known as Wood’s Flats.

PLACE NAMES: Montrose and Myncaster

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

Montrose was named for a resort town in Scotland. It was formerly known as Wood’s Flats.
Waterloo Rd. and Waterloo Eddy remember a short-lived mining town on the Columbia River.

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.

Waterloo Rd. and Waterloo Eddy remember a short-lived mining town on the Columbia River.
British capitalist Robert Fowler Montgomery Horne-Payne (1869-1929) lent one of his middle names to a Columbia River townsite. He’s seen here ca. 1897

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.

British capitalist Robert Fowler Montgomery Horne-Payne (1869-1929) lent one of his middle names to a Columbia River townsite. He’s seen here ca. 1897
Mirror Lake’s post office

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.

Mirror Lake’s post office