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Bradlo

Bradlo

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2006

Bradlo

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The District of Cochrane
The Town of Hearst
In the playground area of the
Hearst Tourist Information Centre
on the south side of Highway 11 just west of Highway 583


Coordinates: N 49 41.347 W 83 39.118

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Plaque Text

In 1930 a handful of Slovak immigrants settled eleven kilometres south of Hearst near present-day Highway 583. They helped each other build log houses, clear land and sell wood to pulp and paper mills. Soon other Slovaks were attracted to the community. By the middle of the depression, Bradlo boasted 150 people, a public school, Catholic church, store, post-office and meeting hall. After their pulpwood was harvested, residents realized that their land would not support commercial farming. By 1950, most had left for better opportunities elsewhere. Although few traces of Bradlo survive today, its brief history illustrates the hard work, resourcefulness and communal aid that have distinguished the immigrant experience in northern Ontario.

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