HOWSER, 80 km northeast of NELSON on the west side of Duncan Lk in the W KOOTENAY, was supposed to be the terminus of a GREAT NORTHERN RWY push into the LARDEAU mining district. The line was not completed and the short-lived boomtown, originally called Duncan City after a prospector named Jack Duncan, soon lost steam. Because of confusion with DUNCAN on VANCOUVER ISLAND, the name was changed to Hauser in 1900, after another early prospector, but the post office misspelled it Howser. A quiet...

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