Thunder Bay in Thunder Bay District, Ontario — Central Canada (North America)
Sir William C. Van Horne
Born in Chelsea, Illinois, Van Horne, after a brilliant career with a number of railway companies in the mid-western United States, accepted the position of general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881. Construction of this pioneer Canadian transcontinental line was pushed ahead rapidly under his energetic supervision, despite many difficulties of a physical and financial nature which would have discouraged a man of lesser ability. Its completion in 1885 ensured Canadian unity. Through his influence this community, previously known as Prince Arthur's Landing, was named Port Arthur in 1883-84. Elected president of the company in 1888, Van Horne was knighted in 1894 for his services to Canada.
Erected by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 3, 1843.
Location. 48° 26.166′ N, 89° 13.069′ W. Marker is in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in Thunder Bay District Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47 Cumberland Street North, Thunder Bay ON P7A 4L6, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whalen Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Port Arthur (about 210 meters away); Canadian Navy (about 210 meters away); Red River Road (about 210 meters away); Canadian Northern Railway Station (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); 17 Court Street N. (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Industry (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thunder Bay.
Also see . . . Wikipedia - William Van Horne. (Submitted on August 22, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
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