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Street scene, Newport BC

Squamish's name was changed to Newport in 1911 by the H.S. and P.V.N. Railway and was changed back on September 14, 1914 as the result of a contest for school children. The name had to be changed since there was another town in BC named Newport. The twelve final names considered in the contest were: Newport, Strathacona, Prince Arthur, Kingsport, Great Haven, Columbia, Imperial, Squamish, Pacificgate, Bonaventure, and Viveleroi. Squamish is named for the Indian word "Squohomish" (various spellings) meaning "strong wind".

Work at little Stawamus bridge

The actual Indian spelling of Stawamus is STA-a-mus and is a variant of Squamish and means "birthplace of the winds". Pioneers often used "Stamish" instead of "Stawamus". The name refers to the Indian reserve at the mouth of the Squamish River (Reserve #24), the Stawamus River, the area drained by it and the "Chief".
Squamish Public Library, Squamish Files: Place Names.

Main Street, Woodfibre

Main Street, with Canadian Legion on the right. Woodfibre, circa 1953.

The name for the Woodfibre area (once a community but now solely the site of a pulp mill by the same name) was established in 1921 as the result of a contest. The previous was Mill Creek and had to be changed because there was another post office of the same name. The winner of the contest and $50 prize was Cathy Haar.

Main Street of Woodfibre, 1961

Photo by: Gordon Sedawie (Province clipping, 1961)

The name for the Woodfibre area (once a community but now solely the site of a pulp mill by the same name) was established in 1921 as the result of a contest. The previous was Mill Creek and had to be changed because there was another post office of the same name. The winner of the contest and $50 prize was Cathy Haar.

Trinity Church - Woodfibre, BC

Last service on September 24, 1972.

Left to right: Mrs Grace Clarke, Mrs Ruth (Frankie) Wilson, Mrs Peggy Barnfield, Woodfibre resident, Mrs Annie Moon, Reverend A.E.W. Godwin, Mrs Daisy Barnfield, Mrs Margery Hammerstrom, Mrs Nancy Rudkin, Mrs Margery Bruce.

Photo by: Bob Bruce.

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