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- 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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