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Fraser’s Landing was once Kootenay Lake ferry terminal

ABOVE: Alistair Fraser points to the site of Fraser’s Landing during a recent visit by the Kootenay History Interest Group. It was named for his family, specifically his great uncle. BELOW: An ad for the Franklin townsite appeared in the Nelson Daily News, July 8, 1906. - Greg Nesteroff photo
ABOVE: Alistair Fraser points to the site of Fraser’s Landing during a recent visit by the Kootenay History Interest Group. It was named for his family, specifically his great uncle. BELOW: An ad for the Franklin townsite appeared in the Nelson Daily News, July 8, 1906.
— image credit: Greg Nesteroff photo

Sixty-fourth in an semi-alphabetical series on West Kootenay/Boundary place names

Fraser’s Landing and the Fraser Narrows on Kootenay Lake were both named after Sydney Smyth Fraser (1867-1947) who bought 400 acres and settled there in 1906.

Fraser’s Landing was so called by May 1909, as evidenced by a caption in a photo album that belonged to Sydney’s brother, although its first newspaper mention wasn’t until the Nelson Daily News of April 15, 1913. It was on the CPR timetable by May 1914.

Fraser’s Landing was notable as the western terminal of the Kootenay Lake ferry from 1931-47. The name fell into disuse after the terminal moved slightly east to Balfour, and today most people would consider Fraser’s Landing to be part of Balfour.

The actual landing is at the end of Heuston Road, which somehow failed to be named Fraser Road.

S.S. Fraser’s grandnephew Alistair Fraser has a blog entry devoted to Fraser’s Landing on his website.

Franklin

This mining camp about 70 km north of Grand Forks was first mentioned in the Cascade Record of September 16, 1899: “J.P. Grabner returned last Sunday from a trip to the new and promising Franklin camp …”

The earliest claims, the Banner and McKinley, were apparently staked in the summer of 1896 by Frank McFarlane (1865-1935), after whom the camp was named, but the 1901 BC Minister of Mines report noted “This camp has been little known heretofore, owing to its inaccessible situation …”

The Grand Forks Gazette of April 29, 1905 pinpointed its confusing location: “Franklin Camp … is situated on the west bank of the east fork of the north fork of the Kettle River, and is divided into two sections by Franklin Creek.”

Almost exactly a year later, the Nelson Daily News noted a townsite was being surveyed at Franklin. A post office opened there in December 1906, but closed after less than a year. The postmaster and Franklin Townsite Co. president was Bernard Lequime, who registered Kelowna’s townsite plan in 1892 and heavily promoted that community, where Bernard Avenue is named after him.

According to Jim and Alice Glanville in Grand Forks: Where the Kettle River Flows, “With the Kettle Valley Railway expected to be built to Franklin, Bernard Lequime … planned a large hotel for that area, and in June 1906 liquor license applications were granted for hotels at Franklin …”

Franklin never really was much of a community, but remained an active mining centre while the Hecla Mining Co. and its lessees worked the Union, Maple Leaf, and Homestake properties from 1927 onward. (Mining companies continue to poke at them from time to time.)

Another nearby townsite, called Upper Franklin, or Gloster City, will be dealt with later in this series.

Frank McFarlane died in Edgewood and is buried there. Mount Franklin is also named after him.

Previous installments in this series

Introduction

Ainsworth

Alamo

Anaconda

Annable, Apex, and Arrow Park

Annable, revisited

Appledale

Applegrove, Appleby, and Appledale revisited

Argenta and Arrowhead

Aylwin

Bakers, Birds, and Bosun Landing

Balfour

Bannock City, Basin City, and Bear Lake City

Beasley

Beaton

Bealby Point

Bealby Point (aka Florence Park) revisited

Belford and Blewett

Beaverdell and Billings

Birchbank and Birchdale

Blueberry and Bonnington

Boswell, Bosworth, Boulder Mill, and Broadwater

Brandon

Brilliant

Brooklyn, Brouse, and Burnt Flat

Burton

Camborne, Cariboo City, and Carrolls Landing

Carmi, Cedar Point, Circle City, and Clark’s Camp

Carson, Carstens, and Cascade City

Casino and Champion Creek

Castlegar, Part 1

Castlegar, Part 2

Castlegar, Part 3

Christina Lake

Christina City and Christian Valley

Clubb Landing and Coltern

Cody and Champion Creek revisited

Champion Creek revisited, again

Columbia

Columbia City, Columbia Gardens, and Columbia Park

Comaplix

Cooper Creek and Corra Linn

Crawford Bay and Comaplix revisited

Crescent Valley and Craigtown

Davenport

Dawson, Deadwood, and Deanshaven

Deer Park

East Arrow Park and Edgewood

Eholt

English Cove and English Point

Enterprise

Erie

Evans Creek and Evansport

Falls City

Farron

Fauquier

Ferguson

Ferguson, revisited

Fife

Forslund, Fosthall, and Fairview

Fort Shepherd vs. Fort Sheppard, Part 1

Fort Shepherd vs. Fort Sheppard, Part 2

Fort Sheppard, revisited

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