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Fredericton in York County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

Alexander "Boss" Gibson


Alexander "Boss" Gibson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2019
1. Alexander "Boss" Gibson Marker
Lumber and railway baron and generous benefactor, Gibson was a pivotal figure in the economy of the Maritimes at a time of transformation and integration within the national economy. A leading entrepreneur in mid-to-late 19th-century New Brunswick, he diversified from lumbering into the cotton industry, leading to the further development of Marysville as one of Canada's first model company towns. Like many Maritime entrepreneurs, his business foundered under the overproduction fostered by the National Policy. Nonetheless, New Brunswick's "Lumber King" left an important legacy of railway and industrial infrastructure in his province.

Magnat du bois et du rail, bienfaiteur, Gibson fut un pivot de l'économie des Maritimes à l'époque de sa transformation et de son intégration à l'économie nationale. Entrepreneur prééminent du Nouveau-Brunswick dans la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle, il diversifia ses activités avec des industries de coton, favorisant l'essor de Marysville, une des premières villes de compagnie modèles au pays. Son entreprise, comme d'autres dans la région,
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périclita face à la surproduction causée par la Politique nationale. Le « Roi du bois » laissa néanmoins en héritage à sa province de vastes infrastructures ferroviaires et industrielles.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada et Parcs Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1819.
Location. 45° 57.476′ N, 66° 37.486′ W. Marker is in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Union Street (New Brunswick Route 105) and Station Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located along the North Riverfront Trail, at the east end of the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge (Nashwaak Trail). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 912 Union Street, Fredericton NB E3A 3P7, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Church Cathedral / Cathédrale Christ Church (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Legislative Assembly Block / Complexe de L'Assemblée Législative (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Sir Howard Douglas (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); First Ministry of Health / Le Premier Ministère de la Santé
Alexander "Boss" Gibson Marker • <i>wide view<br>(Nashwaak Trail in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2019
2. Alexander "Boss" Gibson Marker • wide view
(Nashwaak Trail in background)
(approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Lemuel Allan Wilmot (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Charles Fisher (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); York County Court House / Le Palais de Justice du Comté de York (approx. one kilometer away); The Right Honourable William Maxwell Lord Beaverbrook (approx. 1.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericton.
Also see . . .  Alexander Gibson - lumberman, railway entrepreneur, and industrialist. At the height of his career Gibson employed up to 2,000 persons at times in his various enterprises; there were winters in which he had more than 600 horses at work in woods operations. He was producing about one-third of the provincial output of lumber and his lumber exports in some years constituted more than half of the export commerce of Saint John. (Submitted on September 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Alexander "Boss" Gibson Monument (<i>located near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2019
3. Alexander "Boss" Gibson Monument (located near marker)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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