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Richmond Archives launches local landmark, street name database

A new addition to the City of Richmond’s website is uncovering the stories behind the names of nearly 500 local landmarks.
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Herbert Steves (left) (son of Manoah and Martha Steves) and a horse-drawn cart carrying his family, (ca. 1900). Steveston Highway is named after the Steves family. City of Richmond Archives, photograph #1978 9 8.

A new addition to the City of Richmond’s website is uncovering the stories behind the names of nearly 500 local landmarks. 

Residents can now explore and discover the people and history behind the names of local roads, bridges, islands and other places in Richmond through the new Name Origins Online Database Archives at Richmond.ca/Archives/places. For more than 20 years, Friends of the Richmond Archives volunteers and City of Richmond Archives staff have dedicated countless hours researching the name origins of streets, areas, and landmarks in Richmond.  

Most of the name entries in the database are accompanied by a Google map showing the location.

Research into Richmond’s fallen servicemen is included in the database, as well as in the “We Will Remember Them” website launched earlier this year.  

Launching this new database online was made possible through the Richmond Canada 150 Community Celebration Grant Allocations.

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