Beaton, British Columbia

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Beaton is located in British Columbia
Location of Beaton in British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°44′00″N 117°44′00″W / 50.73333°N 117.73333°W / 50.73333; -117.73333Coordinates: 50°44′00″N 117°44′00″W / 50.73333°N 117.73333°W / 50.73333; -117.73333
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Photo of the Beaton Arm in August of 2020.

Beaton is at the head of the Beaton Arm of Upper Arrow Lake in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia.[1]

In 1896, the steamboat landing became the eastern terminal for the Arrowhead–Beaton ferry. Formerly Thomson's Landing, it was named after the land owner, James William Thomson, who was the local notary public in 1901. Thomson's subsequent partner was Malcolm Beaton, sometimes confused with Donald J. Beaton, publisher of the Nelson Miner in Nelson. In 1902, the name changed to Beaton, because of destination confusions for mail and freight arising from the prior name.[1][2] There were 65 residents in 1911. Other towns in the vicinity included Comaplix, Camborne and Arrowhead.

In 1957, the eastern terminal for the ferry moved to Galena Bay. The post office closed in 1969.[1] Although comprising several scattered residences, the former settlement has disappeared with time.

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  1. ^ a b c "Beaton (locality)". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ "Nelson Star, 27 May 2013".