Greg Nesteroff

Silverton is seen in a postcard mailed in 1908 with the SS Slocan in the background. Nearly all of the buildings pictured are gone with the notable exception of the Selkirk Hotel

PLACE NAMES: Silverton

Silverton was originally known as Four Mile or Four Mile City, after Four Mile Creek.

Silverton is seen in a postcard mailed in 1908 with the SS Slocan in the background. Nearly all of the buildings pictured are gone with the notable exception of the Selkirk Hotel
Shutty Bench was named for the Shutty family

PLACE NAMES: Shutty Bench and Six Mile

Shutty Bench, a few kilometers north of Kaslo, was founded by Andrew Shutty and his son.

Shutty Bench was named for the Shutty family
The CPR adopted the name Shore Acres in 1909 but it’s not clear when it began using the compound form Shoreacres.

PLACE NAMES: Shoreacres

Shoreacres, the wide flat at the confluence of the Slocan and Kootenay rivers, was previously known as Slocan Crossing and Lancasters.

The CPR adopted the name Shore Acres in 1909 but it’s not clear when it began using the compound form Shoreacres.
Shields was a stop along the Columbia and Western Railway. The name might have originally been Shiell’s.

PLACE NAMES: Shields, Shirley, and Shoreholme

Was Shields named for a railway contractor or for the Shiell brothers?

Shields was a stop along the Columbia and Western Railway. The name might have originally been Shiell’s.
Paul Lautard is seen in front of the war memorial at the Rhone rest stop that he created along the Trans Canada Trail.

PLACE NAMES: Rhone and Rideau

Rhone, a former railway siding four miles west of Westbridge, was first mentioned in the Kelowna Record of June 10, 1915.

Paul Lautard is seen in front of the war memorial at the Rhone rest stop that he created along the Trans Canada Trail.
Phoenix

PLACE NAMES: Phoenix

Phoenix turned out to be a prophetic name for the Boundary’s greatest ghost town.

Phoenix
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
Greenwood city hall

A look at West Kootenay/Boundary’s local government landscape

Ahead of Local Government Awareness Week in BC, we study the complicated history of municipalities in our area.

Greenwood city hall
RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is urging drivers not to take the nice weather as a license to speed.

Nice weather no excuse to speed, West Kootenay RCMP say

Local traffic police are urging motorists to slow down after catching more than a dozen vehicles going at least 40 km/h over the limit.

RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is urging drivers not to take the nice weather as a license to speed.
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Centenarians of West Kootenay/Boundary

It’s not as uncommon as it used to be, but it’s still a big deal when someone turns 100.

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Freemen and freewomen of West Kootenay/Boundary

Since 1947, at least 65 people in West Kootenay/Boundary have received freedom of the city or village.

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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
RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is the top traffic cop for the region. He is concerned about what some of his statistics for 2015 show.

Fatal crashes down, impaired driving up on West Kootenay roads

Local traffic police saw one encouraging trend in 2015, but lots of others that have them concerned.

RCMP Sgt. John Ferguson is the top traffic cop for the region. He is concerned about what some of his statistics for 2015 show.
ABOVE: The Minton general store took out this ad in the Cascade Record of Dec. 17

PLACE NAMES: Minton and Mineral City

Mineral City, six or seven miles up Cariboo Creek from Burton was concocted by Rossland interests.

ABOVE: The Minton general store took out this ad in the Cascade Record of Dec. 17
Midway

PLACE NAMES: Midway between what and what?

Many theories exist about how Midway got its name.

Midway
W.G. Cox drew this map of the Midway area in 1860

Boundary Creek marks spot where survey teams crossed

The Boundary is named after Boundary Creek, but why isn’t it named instead after the Kettle River?

W.G. Cox drew this map of the Midway area in 1860
Paddling the Kettle River at Grand Forks. It was so named by 1860.

Kettle River was first known as Nehoialpitku

The Kettle River was named by 1860. There are a couple of theories about its origin.

Paddling the Kettle River at Grand Forks. It was so named by 1860.
Koozma Diakoff’s grave in the Boulder Creek Doukhobor cemetery near Salmo.

COLUMN: More to be said about Doukhobors and the war

At least 60 Doukhobors volunteered and two were conscripted for service during the First World War.

Koozma Diakoff’s grave in the Boulder Creek Doukhobor cemetery near Salmo.
Deb Kozak (left) is the mayor-elect of Nelson. She will be one of seven female mayors in West Kootenay during the next term.

Number of women elected in West Kootenay holds steady

The number of women elected to local office in West Kootenay/Boundary on Saturday was about the same as three years ago.

Deb Kozak (left) is the mayor-elect of Nelson. She will be one of seven female mayors in West Kootenay during the next term.
The Kootenay Columbia Preserving Works at Brilliant produced 12 tons of jam for convalescing soldiers during World War I. Doukhobor leader Peter (Lordly) Verigin hoped it would calm tension with neighboring farmers who

Remembrance Day: Doukhobors and World War I

When Doukhobors emigrated to Canada, it was with the understanding they would be exempt from military service. World War I tested that idea.

The Kootenay Columbia Preserving Works at Brilliant produced 12 tons of jam for convalescing soldiers during World War I. Doukhobor leader Peter (Lordly) Verigin hoped it would calm tension with neighboring farmers who