“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Thunder Bay, Ontario

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The Black Bay Bridge
1Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Black Bay BridgeDesignated Heritage Property 1989
Constructed in 1912 by Seaman and Penniman, this single span bridge was designed by Joachim Antonisen to harmonize with the beauty and grandeur of the landscape. Featuring arch ribs and open spandrels, its unadorned functionalism and use of . . . Map (db m195890) HM
2Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — C.D. Howe(1886-1960)
The dynamic "Minister of Everything", Massachusetts-born Clarence Decatur Howe immigrated to Canada in 1908 and established an engineering firm in Port Arthur in 1916. Elected to the House of Commons in 1935, he was a dominate figure in Liberal . . . Map (db m107352) HM
3Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Canadian Car & FoundryLa Canadian Car & Foundry
"Can Car" was the main plant of Canada's largest aircraft manufacturer during the Second World War. Here, workers built 1,451 of the reliable Hawker Hurricanes that won renown in the battle of Britain and 835 Curtiss Helldivers, significantly . . . Map (db m106692) HM
4Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Central SchoolDesignated Heritage Property
Designed by Robert J. Edwards, the school was erected in 1884. In 1901, an eight-room classroom structure, designed by C.W. Wheeler, was added. The two-storey brick structure has a symmetrical facade and the straightforward design is ornamented with . . . Map (db m195889) HM
5Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Col. Elizabeth Smellie 1884-1968
This celebrated Canadian army nurse and public health authority was born in Port Arthur. In 1909 "Beth" Smellie became night supervisor at McKellar General Hospital. Joining the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1915, she served in France and . . . Map (db m106976) HM
6Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Connaught Square
This square was named in 1936 for Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, third son of Queen Victoria. He was serving in Canada with his regiment in 1870, when Colonel Wolseley named Prince Arthur's Landing (later Port Arthur) in his honour. Created Duke . . . Map (db m107067) HM
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7Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Cummins Site
At least 9,000 years old, the Cummins site is one of the most significant of several Palaeo-Indian archaeological sites that form the Lakehead Complex. Many of these early seasonal camps were located on the shoreline of ancient Lake Minong, at a . . . Map (db m106858) HM
8Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Elizabeth Muriel Gregory "Elsie" MacGill(1905-1980)
Elsie MacGill made remarkable contributions to aeronautical engineering by introducing mass-production techniques for the Hawker Hurricane built here during the Second World War and later by developing international air-worthiness regulations. . . . Map (db m106696) HM
9Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Fort Kaministiquia 1717
A small fort was established near here in 1717 by a French officer, Zacharie Robutel de la Nouë. First of a projected series of bases en route to the "Western Sea", it replaced a structure built in 1679 by Daniel Greysolon, Sieur Dulhut, on another . . . Map (db m106760) HM
10Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Fort William
In aboriginal times the Kaministikwia river was an important link between the Great Lakes and the northwest, and from the late 17th century French posts here at its mouth served as bases for the penetration of the interior. Between 1804 and 1821 . . . Map (db m106755) HM
11Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Fort William
When the boundary settlement of 1783 placed its major inland depot, Grand Portage, in U.S. territory, the North West Company was forced to seek a new site on British soil. Following the reopening of the Kaministikwia route a new post, later named . . . Map (db m106757) HM
12Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Lakehead University
In response to a brief from Lakehead educators and business representatives outlining northwestern Ontario's need for an institution of higher education, a provincial Order-in-Council established the Lakehead Technical Institute in 1946. Two years . . . Map (db m106857) HM
13Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Port Arthur
[English] On Thunder Bay just north of Fort William, engineer Simon Dawson established the eastern terminus of the Canadian government's proposed land and water route connecting Lake Superior and the Red River, for which . . . Map (db m199597) HM
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14Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Port Arthur Collegiate InstituteDesignated Heritage Property
Designed by Henry Simpson of Toronto with George H. Otto, general contractor, this structure was built in 1909 with classrooms being added in 1925, 1954, and a new gymnasium in 1972. The original design has medieval and Flemish architectural . . . Map (db m195886) HM
15Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Simon James Dawson1820-1902
Born in Scotland, Dawson emigrated to Canada as a young man and began his career as a civil engineer. In 1857 as a member of a Canadian government expedition, he surveyed a line of road from the Lakehead to Fort Garry and in 1858-59 further . . . Map (db m106859) HM
16Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Sir William C. Van Horne1843-1915
Born in Chelsea, Illinois, Van Horne, after a brilliant career with a number of railway companies in the mid-western United States, accepted the position of general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881. Construction of this pioneer . . . Map (db m107350) HM
17Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Terrance Stanley FoxJuly 28, 1958 - June 28, 1981
"Dreams are made if people only try. I believe in miracles... I have to... Because somewhere the hurting must stop." Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream - his MARATHON OF HOPE - a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research. . . . Map (db m107355) HM
18Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Terry Fox(1958-1981)
While in remission from cancer, Terry Fox set out to run across Canada in 1980 to raise money for cancer research. Despite having lost his right leg to the disease, this determined athlete ran 5,373 kilometres - nearly a marathon a day for 143 . . . Map (db m107354) HM
19Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — The Capture of Fort William
In 1812, the Earl of Selkirk settled dispossessed Scottish highlanders on Red River valley lands granted by the Hudson's Bay Company. The HBC's rival in the fur trade, the North West Company, feared the new colony would block its trade and . . . Map (db m106761) HM
20Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — The Reverend Richard Baxter, S.J., 1821-1904
Born in Carlisle, England, Baxter came to Canada as a child. He studied in Toronto and at the Sulpician College in Montreal before becoming, reputedly, the first English-speaking Jesuit novice in Canada. After his ordination in New York in 1854, he . . . Map (db m107065) HM
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21Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — The Western Route of the C.P.R.
In June, 1875, the first sod on the Canadian Pacific Railway's line from the Lakehead to the West was turned at Fort William. A government contract of that year called for the building of a line northwest towards Lake Shebandowan. In 1882 the . . . Map (db m106758) HM
22Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Thunder Bay Public Library
The Thunder Bay Public Library came into being following the amalgamation of Fort William and Port Arthur in 1970. Prior to this, each city had its own library system. Both libraries emerged in the late 1800s and grew into strong community and . . . Map (db m195870) HM
23Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda
This tourist kiosk was erected in 1909 to promote Port Arthur's social and economic merits to visitors and investors. Its eye-catching architecture and strategic location reflect civic boosterism and the city's rivalry with nearby Fort William . . . Map (db m107068) HM
24Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Trinity Centennial1871-1971
A century ago, in November 1871, upon part of this site in what was then known as Prince Arthur’s Landing, Methodism came into existence in this area by the establishment of Providence Methodist Church, the first Protestant church in the territory. . . . Map (db m199600) HM
25Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Union of the North West and Hudson's Bay Companies
In the late eighteenth century, most of the fur traders using the Ottawa River-Great Lakes canoe route into the interior of North America belonged to the North West Company, which used Fort William as its inland headquarters. To the north, the . . . Map (db m96414) HM
26Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — Whalen Building34 Cumberland Street North — Designated Heritage Property —
Built in 1913, this magnificent eight story "skyscraper" was commissioned by James Whalen and designed by Brown and Valance of Montreal to resemble the Chicago Style and promote the City of Port Arthur as the "Chicago of the North." The exterior . . . Map (db m195872) HM
27Ontario, Thunder Bay District, Thunder Bay — William McGillivray1764-1825
Born in Inverness-shire, Scotland, McGillivray joined the North West Company in 1784, became a partner in 1790 and its principal director in 1804. Fort Kaministiquia, the Company's wilderness headquarters, was renamed Fort William in his honour in . . . Map (db m106759) HM
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