The name Penticton comes from the language of the local Salish-speaking peoples, meaning "a place to live forever" (pentaktin). The first non-Native to live in the Penticton area was Tom Ellis, who moved to the area from England in 1865.  In 1892, a plan laid out the town around the Smith Street area, which is now called Front Street, home to a number of interesting shops and boutiques. Smith Street was named after C.S. Smith, who owned the sawmill in the area which supplied many of the materials to build most of the shops in the area. The town originally consisted of everyday workers, from blacksmiths to bakers. In 1907 the town had about 600 inhabitants and was officially recognized by the British Columbia government as a municipal district. Because of the building of the Kettle Valley Railway in the teens, the population rose to about 1500. In 1921 the town had 4,000 people, but not until 1948 was it recognized as a city. Since then, the population, as well as the commercial and economic growth of the city has been quite large. Penticton now has a very nice downtown area, as well as a good amount of things to do in and around the city. It is also a very beautiful location to visit.