Township of Machin in Kenora District, Ontario — Central Canada
The Fowler Family and The Last Spike at Feist Lake
John Fowler (1812-1900) was a railway contractor from Yorkshire who emigrated to southern Ontario where he built the Grafton-Cobourg section of the Grand Trunk Railway, leased the Port Hope, Lindsay & Beaverton Railway, and acquired the charter for the Ontario & Québec Railway. In 1882, his son Robert (1857-1928) was assistant engineer in charge of constructing the last section of the railway being built by the Canadian government between Lake Superior and the prairies. His sister Jennie (1854–1938) journeyed to visit him in the northwestern Ontario wilderness. Jennie Fowler later recalled that it was she, at Robert's invitation, who drove the last spike on the line near Feist Lake on June 19, 1882.
Erected by John & Jane (Prud'homme) Fowler Trust Foundation with the assistance of the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Location. 49° 50.81′ N, 93° 51.5′ W. Marker is in Township of Machin, Ontario, in Kenora District. Marker is on Trans-Canada Highway (Provincial Highway 17) 10 kilometers east of Willard Lake Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in an unpaved pull-out on the south side of the highway on the shores of Little Joe Lake.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker Last Spike at Feist Lake (a few steps from this marker).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.