Thunder Bay, Ontario Guide 3 (Fort William Guide 1), in Color Pictures: Saving Our Historical past One Picture at a Time (Cruising Ontario) (Quantity 75)


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Fort William was a metropolis in Northern Ontario positioned on the Kaministiquia River at its entrance to Lake Superior. It amalgamated with Port Arthur and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to type town of Thunder Bay in January 1970. The town’s Latin motto was A posse advert esse (From a Risk to an Actuality) featured on its coat of arms designed in 1900 by city officers. “On one aspect of the defend stands an Indian dressed within the paint and feathers of the early days; on the opposite aspect is a French voyageur; the middle incorporates an elevator, a steamship and a locomotive, whereas the beaver surmounts the entire.”In about 1684, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut, established a buying and selling publish close to the mouth of the Kaministiquia River. French authorities closed this publish in 1696 due to a glut on the fur market. In 1717, a brand new publish, Fort Kaministiquia, was established on the river mouth. The publish was deserted in 1758 or 1760 throughout the British conquest of New France.In 1803, the Nor’Westers established a brand new fur buying and selling publish on the Kaministiquia River and the publish was named Fort William in 1807 after William McGillivray, chief director of the North West Firm from 1804-1821. After the union of the North West Firm with the Hudson’s Bay Firm (HBC) in 1821 most commerce shifted to York Manufacturing unit on Hudson Bay. Two townships (Neebing and Paipoonge) and the Fort William City Plot had been surveyed in 1859-60 and opened to settlement.By 1883-84, the Montreal-based CPR syndicate, in collaboration with the Hudson’s Bay Firm, clearly most popular the low-lying lands alongside the decrease Kaministiquia River to the uncovered shores of Port Arthur, which required an costly breakwater if delivery and port amenities had been to be protected against the waves. The CPR subsequently consolidated all its operations there, erecting rail yards, coal-handling amenities, grain elevators and a machine store.

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