Beaton

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: Head of Beaton Arm Upper Arrow Lake, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°44'00''N, 117°44'00''W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82K/12

Origin Notes and History:

"Beaton (Post Office & settlement), not Evansport nor Thompson's Landing" identified in the 1930 BC Gazetteer, as labelled on BC Lands' map 1EM, 1915. Form of name changed to Beaton (Post Office and Steamer Landing) 4 October 1951 on Columbia River Basin manuscript 21; changed to Beaton (Post Office) 6 October 1964 on 82 K/NW; changed to Beaton (locality) 18 October 1979.

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

Thomsons [sic] Landing Post Office opened 15 June 1895. 1901 Field Book 61/01 ph.69 identifies this place as Thomson's Landing. Post office renamed Beaton Post Office 1 August 1902; ferry service cancelled June 1964; post office closed 30 August 1969.

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

Thomson's Landing and Trout Lake City both identified with the initials "T.L." on freight bills; confusion resolved in 1902 when Thomson's Landing was renamed Beaton, after the publisher of the Nelson Miner, and who was a partner of James William Thomson, Notary Public here in 1901, and owner of the townsite.

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

Originally Thomson's Landing after James William Thomson. When Thomson left in 1907, his partner, Malcolm Beaton, took over.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997