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Island Pond in Essex County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Island Pond

 
 
Island Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2014
1. Island Pond Marker
Inscription.
Pioneer Railroad Planner John A. Poor’s dream of an International Railway connecting Montreal, Canada with the Ice-free harbor of Portland, Maine became a reality on July 18, 1853, when the first through trains met at this great halfway point on the Grand Trunk Railway.
 
Erected 1968 by Vermont Board of Historic Sites.
 
Location. 44° 48.916′ N, 71° 52.82′ W. Marker is in Island Pond, Vermont, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of East Brighton Road (Vermont Route 105) and Railroad Street (Vermont Route 114), on the right when traveling east on East Brighton Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on the median between Main Street and East Brighton Road. Marker is in this post office area: Island Pond VT 05846, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stewart Holbrook (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located across the street from the Historic Grand Trunk Railroad Station, which now houses a branch of the Community National Bank as well as the Island Pond Historical Society and the Police Department.
 
Categories. EnvironmentRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels
 
Wideview of Island Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2014
2. Wideview of Island Pond Marker
Historic Grand Trunk Railroad Station can be seen across the street
Great Halfway Point Marker adjacent<br>the Island Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2014
3. Great Halfway Point Marker adjacent
the Island Pond Marker
In recognition of
generations of railroaders
from
Island Pond
"Great Halfway Point"
Montreal-149mi. - Portland-147mi.
on the
Atlantic & St. Lawrence /
St. Lawrence & Atlantic RRS.
Grand Trunk Railway of Canada
Canadian National Railways
18 July 1853 - 10 May 1989
First International Railway in North America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2014
4. First International Railway in North America Marker
1366 feet west of this marker on railway
right of way the Atlantic & St. Lawrence RY
from Portland, Maine was linked to the
St. Lawrence & Atlantic RY from Montreal,
Quebec in July 1853. This linking formed
the first International Railway in North
America, the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada.

This historic marker is a gift in memory
of the Stafford family.

Erected by the Island Pond Historical
Society and dedicated August, 1986.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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