Nelson (Nelson)

Phone : (250) 352-5511
Your Host(s) : Municipal Administration

Nelson, BC (Nearby: Mountain Station, Granite, Taghum, Willow Point, Blewett)

  • Nelson

101 - 310 Ward Street
Nelson, British Columbia
V1L 5S4

British Columbia Tourism Region : Kootenay Rockies

Description From Owner:
  • Nelson - Started as a mining camp after the staking in 1886 of the Silver King claim on Toad Mountain.
  • Known briefly as Salisbury after the Marquess of Salisbury, Prime Minister of Britain, and as Stanley, after Lord Stanley, the Governor-General of Canada.
  • Finally, in 1888, the town was named Nelson after Hugh Nelson (1830-93), then Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
  • Nelson was a leading businessman back in the Crown Colony period. He was associated with Wells Fargo during the Cariboo gold rush, and from 1866 to 1882 he was vice-president and general manager of the Moodyville sawmill in present-day North Vancouver.
  • Nelson was an ardent champion of confederation with Canada, and when British Columbia entered the dominion, he became the first MP for New Westminster, being elected by acclamation.
  • He entered the Senate in 1879 and was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia in 1887. He retired because of ill health in 1892 and died in England in 1893, having gone there in search of a cure.
  • With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.

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