Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Haut-Richelieu MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
First Railway in Canada
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada.
Location. 45° 18.157′ N, 73° 15.22′ W. Marker is in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, in Haut-Richelieu MRC. Marker is at the intersection of Rue Frontenac and Jacques-Cartier Nord, on the right when traveling west on Rue Frontenac. Touch for map. This marker is located on the grounds of the regional tourist information office. The tourist information office is located in an old railway station that dates back to 19th century. The marker is located near a 10-foot tall railway spike, which was erected in 1986 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first railway. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Grand Trunk Railway Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Saint-Jean (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Fort Sainte-Thérèse (approx. 9.6 kilometers away); Fort Ste. Therese (approx. 10.5 kilometers away); Second Battle of La Prairie (approx. 15.2 kilometers away); Chambly Canal (approx. 16.2 kilometers away); St. Stephen's Anglican Church (approx. 16.3 kilometers away); General John Thomas (approx. 16.3 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Canada's First Railway - The Canadian Encyclopedia. The success of the little railway was like a spark in dry tinder. The countryside spawned short lines in all directions. Although serious construction of railways did not occur in Canada until the 1850s, once it began it became a mania, dominating public policy, stimulating trade and industry, building cities, ferrying settlers westward, uprooting the First Nations, and stitching together an improbable country. (Submitted on April 20, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 549 times since then. Last updated on June 18, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.