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Chéticamp in Inverness County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Tunnel et Quai de la mine / Tunnel and Mine Wharf

 
 
Tunnel et Quai de la mine / Tunnel and Mine Wharf Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 22, 2019
1. Tunnel et Quai de la mine / Tunnel and Mine Wharf Marker
Inscription.  
Français:
On creuse un tunnel de l'entrepôt jusqu'à la mer, passant sous le chemin ; on construit un long quai recouvert dans lequel on achemine le gypse par convoyeur. Tous les travaux sont terminés en 1929, et au mois de juin de cette année une première cargaison partant de ces nouvelles installations se dirige vers le Québec et New York.

Les années 1928 à 1939 furent donc les années glorieuses de la mine de plâtre de Chéticamp. Son havre fourmillait d'activités.

M. Anselme Boudreau, directeur-adjoint
Enseignant à Chéticamp, M. Anselme Boudreau est d'abord engagé temps partiel en 1926 pour gérer la paye des employés, au maigre salaire de 25,00$ par mois. Il écrit dans ses mémoires : « En me rendant à l'école, je passais prendre cet argent au bureau de poste. A l'école, je mettais l'argent dans les enveloppes que j'avais préparées durant la récréation. Les enfants me regardaient faire. Après les classes, je me rendais à la voie ferrée… Je montais dans la locomotive pour me rendre à la carrière distribuer la paye aux employés. »

English:
A tunnel crossing under
Marker detail: Construction of gypsum storage building for Atlantic Gypsum in February 1929 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Construction of gypsum storage building for Atlantic Gypsum in February 1929
Construction d'un entrepôt pour Atlantic Gypsum en février 1929
the road was constructed from the storage facility to a long covered wharf through which the gypsum was transported via a conveyor belt. All work was completed in 1929 and in June of that year a first boat loaded with gypsum left the new installations headed for Québec and New York. The years 1928 to 1939 were truly the golden years of the gypsum mine in Cheticamp. Its harbor was a beehive of activity.

Mr. Anselme Boudreau, Assistant Manager
In 1926, local schoolteacher Anselme Boudreau was hired part-time as payroll clerk for $25.00 a month. In his memoirs he wrote: "I would stop at the post office to pick up the payroll on my way to school. At school, I would put the money in the envelopes I had prepared during recess. The children would watch me work. After school, I would board the locomotive and head to the quarry to distribute the pay to the workers".

(légendes photo / photo captions: )
A. Construction d'un entrepôt pour Atlantic Gypsum en février 1929. / Construction of gypsum storage building for Atlantic Gypsum in February 1929.
B. Bateau au quai de la compagnie Atlantic Gypsum en 1938. / Boat at Atlantic gypsum's wharf in 1938.
C. Embarcadère, entrepôt, et royeur de la compagnie Atlantic Gypsum. / Loading pier, storage shed, and crusher belonging to Atlantic Gypsum.
D. Anselme à Charles Boudreau
 
Location.
Marker detail: Boat at Atlantic gypsum's wharf in 1938 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Boat at Atlantic gypsum's wharf in 1938
Bateau au quai de la compagnie Atlantic Gypsum en 1938
46° 37.815′ N, 61° 0.764′ 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. M. Joseph Macfarland / Mr. Joseph MacFarland (here, next to this marker); Dés l'année suivante, en 1927 / The following year, in 1927 (a few steps from this marker); La fin d'un rêve / The End of a Dream (a few steps from this marker); Voie ferrée et « Lu vieille Louise » / The railroad and "La Vieille Louise" (within shouting distance of this marker); La Bouée du havre / The Harbour Bouy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gypsum Mine/La Mine De Plâtre (within shouting distance of this marker); Chéticamp War Memorial (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); 1790 - 1990 (approx. 0.7 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 & Commerce
 
Marker detail: Loading pier, storage shed, and crusher belonging to Atlantic Gypsum image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Loading pier, storage shed, and crusher belonging to Atlantic Gypsum
Embarcadère, entrepôt, et royeur de la compagnie Atlantic Gypsum
Marker detail: Anselme Boudreau image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Anselme Boudreau
Tunnel and Mine Wharf Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking northwest across Chéticamp Harbor</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 22, 2019
6. Tunnel and Mine Wharf Marker
(wide view looking northwest 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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