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The Founding of Iroquois Falls

Founding of Iroquois Falls

Photos by contributor Albert Joseph - Posted December, 2010

Founding of Iroquois Falls

Plaque Location

The District of Cochrane
Town of Iroquois Falls
On the north-west corner of
Cambridge Avenue and Synagogue Avenue


Coordinates: N 48 45.822 W 80 40.916

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Plaque Text

This region's first inhabitants were aboriginal peoples who were attracted by its abundant natural resources and extensive water routes. Europeans arrived in the late 1600s to acquire furs and establish trade with the First Nations. During the early 1900s, Montreal businessman Frank Anson recognized the region's potential for paper manufacturing and, in 1912, he and Shirley Ogilvie were granted a pulpwood concession of over 400,000 ha. Anson oversaw the establishment of Abitibi Power & Paper Company, Limited - the largest newsprint mill in North America at the time. The extension of the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway further supported the development and rapid growth of the area. Initially a company-owned and planned town, Iroquois Falls was incorporated in 1915. The Great Fire of 1916 destroyed a large portion of the town but the community was able to rebuild. In 1920, Anson initiated a beautification program that incorporated some elements of Garden City planning ideals, which remain evident today.

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Great Fire of 1916

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