St. John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), Newfoundland and Labrador — The Atlantic Provinces
Sir Robert Gillespie Reid
Sir Robert Gillespie Reid
Sir Robert Gillespie Reid was a bridge builder and railway contractor of international fame. Many of the structures that he engineered throughout the United States and Canada stand today as monuments to his skill and unswerving determination. Reid brought his business ventures to Newfoundland in 1889 and as president of Reid Newfoundland Company he built the railway from Whitebourne to Port aux Basques. The Reid Newfoundland Company owned and operated the railway for 33 years and also ran the coastal boat and telegraph services on the island. A native of Scotland, Sir Robert Gillespie Reid was born at Coupar-Angus, Perthshire in 1842. This most distinguished gentleman made a tremendous contribution to the railway and the province as a whole.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
Location. 47° 33.269′ N, 52° 42.822′ W. Marker is in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in Division No. 1 Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 Water Street, St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1E, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former Newfoundland Railway Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Herbert J. Russell, C.B.E. (a few steps from this marker); Thompson Building (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); O’Dwyer Block (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); St. John’s Court House (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Monument) (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); William Carson (approx. 1.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. John's.
Also see . . . The Reid Newfoundland Company (1898-1920) - Heritage Newfoundland. In 1911 P.T. McGrath wrote of the Reid Newfoundland Company that it was "the biggest paymaster in the Island, bigger even than the government." Upon completion of the main line in 1898, the history of the railway in Newfoundland entered a quarter century that was arguably its period of highest drama and highest stakes, the era of the Reid Newfoundland Company. (Submitted on November 23, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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