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Chéticamp in Inverness County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Voie ferrée et « Lu vieille Louise » / The railroad and "La Vieille Louise"

1910-1914

 
 
Voie ferrée et « Lu vieille Louise » /<br>The railroad and "La Vieille Louise" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 22, 2019
1. Voie ferrée et « Lu vieille Louise » /
The railroad and "La Vieille Louise" Marker
Inscription.  
Français:
Les affaires vont bien, on décide d'agrandir. Après le décès du Père Fiset, on emprunte 100,000$ pour construire une voie ferrée entre la carrière et le quai des Fiset. On achète une locomotive à vapeur avec dix wagons de quatre tonnes chacun qu'on baptise « La vieille Louise ».

Comble de malheur, L'Améthyst fait naufrage provoquant la faillite de la compagnie. Tous les biens sont vendus à l'encan. Triste fin d'un projet si prometteur pour les Chéticantains.

English:
Business was booming and a decision was made to expand. After Father Fiset's death, the company borrowed $100,000 to build a railroad between the quarry and the Fiset wharf. A steam locomotive was purchased along with ten four-ton wagons, which the locals jokingly referred to as "la Vieille Louise".

Bad luck soon followed when the Amethyst was shipwrecked forcing the company into bankruptcy. All of its assets were sold at auction. It was a sad end to what had seemed such a promising project for Chéticamp residents.

(légendes photo / photo captions: )
A. L'Améthyst / The
Marker detail: <i>Amethyst</i> / <i>L'Améthyst</i> image. Click for full size.
By Le Trois Pignons
2. Marker detail: Amethyst / L'Améthyst
Amethyst
(background photo: Le Trois Pignons)
B. Pelle mécanique chargeant du plâtre dans un camion à la carrière de Belle Marche en 1930. / Steam shovel of Atlantic Gypsum loading truck in the quarry in Belle Marche 1930
C. La Vieille Louise • Gauche à droite / left to right:
Leonard Bellefoniaine, Félix à Théophile Chiasson, Pit du Dodeur Fiset, Gratien Cormier, Den a Lubin Chiasson
D. Chargement de gypse abord des bateaux ou le magasin Co-op est situé • 1927 / Loading of gypsum aboard ships where the Co-op store now stands • 1927
 
Location. 46° 37.794′ N, 61° 0.785′ W. Marker is in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, in Inverness County. Marker can be reached from Cabot Trail just north of Barren Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the Quai Mathieu Promenade/Boardwalk, overlooking Chéticamp Harbor. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15273 Cabot Trail, Chéticamp, Nova Scotia B0E 1H0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gypsum Mine/La Mine De Plâtre (here, next to this marker); La Bouée du havre / The Harbour Bouy (a few steps from this marker); Tunnel et Quai de la mine / Tunnel and Mine Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); M. Joseph Macfarland / Mr. Joseph MacFarland (within shouting distance of this marker); Dés l'année suivante, en 1927 / The following year, in 1927
Marker detail: Steam shovel of Atlantic Gypsum loading truck in the quarry in Belle Marche • 1930 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Steam shovel of Atlantic Gypsum loading truck in the quarry in Belle Marche • 1930
Pelle mécanique chargeant du plâtre dans un camion à la carrière de Belle Marche en 1930
(within shouting distance of this marker); La fin d'un rêve / The End of a Dream (within shouting distance of this marker); Chéticamp War Memorial (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); 1790 - 1990 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chéticamp.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Chéticamp Gypsum Mine
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: La Vieille Louise image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: La Vieille Louise
left to right / Gauche à droite :
Leonard Bellefoniaine, Félix à Théophile Chiasson, Pit du Dodeur Fiset, Gratien Cormier, Den a Lubin Chiasson
Marker detail: Loading of gypsum aboard ships where the Co-op store now stands • 1927 image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Loading of gypsum aboard ships where the Co-op store now stands • 1927
Chargement de gypse abord des bateaux ou le magasin Co-op est situé • 1927
Railroad and "La Vieille Louise" Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking west across Chéticamp Harbor</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 22, 2019
6. Railroad and "La Vieille Louise" Marker
(wide view looking west across Chéticamp Harbor)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 18, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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