Born in Nelson, David Scott wrote Nelson; Queen City of the Kootenays (Mitchell Press, 1972) with Edna H. Hanic. The book jacket states, "Modern Nelson is a pleasant and reasonably conservative community of law-abiding people but it began, colourfully, with a mysterious killing in a claim-jumping episode. And it was nurtured through its infancy and adolescence by some of the more engaging rascals of British Columbia's era of the Gay Nineties. Included amongst these was its somewhat lecherous mayor, the eminent John Houston, persuasive speaker, vitriolic writer, founder of many frontier newspapers and occasionally a dauntless entrepreneur. Tolerant toward its mining promoters, its many bars, gamblers and 'women of shame', inordinately proud of its two-car but persistent street railway system, and served precariously by Houston's shaky water and light service, 'the queen' wore her crown at a decidedly rakish angle in those first years."

[Bottom Image: Mayor John Houston]


East Kootenay Chronicle: A Story of Settlement, Lawlessness, Mining Disasters and Fires. Co-authored with Edna Hanic. (Langley: Mr. Paperback, 1979; Heritage House, 1989).
East Kootenay Saga. Co-authored with Edna H. Hanic (New Westminster: Nunaga Publishing Co., distributed by Western Heritage Supply, 1974).
Nelson: Queen City of the Kootenays. Co-authored with Edna H. Hanic (Mitchell Press, 1972).

[BCBW 2004] "Nunaga"