Nelway

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Just inside BC-Washington boundary, E of Pend-d'Oreille River, SE of Trail, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°00'00''N, 117°17'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82F/3

Origin Notes and History:

Nelway (Customs Post) adopted 3 November 1932 on Geological Survey sheet 283A, Salmo. Form of name changed to Nelway (locality) 26 July 1966 on 82SW.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Nelway (customs post) was opened in 1926 according to December 2003 advice from Greg Nesteroff, historian, in turn provided by Kevin Hewson, Canada Customs).

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Presumably named by Canada Customs when the crossing point was opened in 1926. A compound name ? The c1940 notation "NELson & Fort Sheppard RailWAY ?? No - Waneta" suggests that this theory was discounted (Great Northern's line crossed into Washington State at Waneta, about 15 miles west of here.) Highway 6 from Nelson to Spokane runs past here now, but the 1930 Mineral Rerence Map 5, Trail Creek & Nelson - which is otherwise extremely detailed - shows only the winding "Salmo River Boundary Lake Wagon Road" looping south to Lomond Lake before swinging northwest to join the "Pend O'Reille River Road". Not even a cart track crosses the border in this area according to 1930 map.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office