Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic
Threaded Together with Iron and Steel
Réunis par le fer et l’acier
The Prince Edward Island Railway brought Islanders together, put them to work, and even made them Canadians.
Before the Railway was built on Prince Edward Island you could live within ten miles of another village and hardly know it existed. All that changed in 1871 when branch lines crossed the Island, dotting the landscape with train stops every few miles of track. Uniting one end of the Island with the other, the Railway connected people in ways they had never been before. The train moved mourners to funerals, brides to weddings, and brass bands to picnics. It carried hockey teams and their fans to matches, transported farmers and their produce to market, and sent children away to boarding school. Whatever the weather, Islanders moved and mingled with the whistle of the train.
Le chemin de fer de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard a rassemblé les Prince-Édouardiens, les a fait travailler, et en a même fait des Canadiens.
Avant la construction du chemin de fer à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, on pouvait vivre à dix milles d’un autre village et à peine savoir qu’il existait. Tous cela a changé en 1871 lorsque des lignes d’embranchement ont sillonné l’île jetant ici là de petites gares à intervalles réguliers le long de ces lignes. Créant un pont entre les deux extrémités de l’île, le chemin
Erected by Historic - Historique Charlottetown.
Location. 46° 14.014′ N, 63° 7.268′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is on Prince Street near Water Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Prince Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4P4, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railway Car Shop (a few steps from this marker); Hillsborough Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Railway Brass Shop (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Hillsborough River (about 120 meters away); Great George Street Historic District (about 180 meters Heralded Arrival… of the Circus (about 180 meters away); The Gainsford House (about 210 meters away); Survey of the Gulf and River St. Lawrence (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
More about this marker. This marker is located in front of the Visitors Information Centre.
Also see . . . Prince Edward Island Railway - Wikipedia. Construction began in 1871 but costs almost bankrupted the government by the next year, a problem that help pave PEI's entrance into Confederation. The work was picked up by the Canadian Government Railways and largely completed by the mid-1880s. The PEIR saw heavy use, especially during World War II, but like many railways saw declining use through the 1970s. (Submitted on January 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.