Ontario's Historical Plaques 

Discover Ontario's history as told through its plaques

2004 - Now in our 15th Year - 2019

 To find out all about me, you can visit the Home Page 

Looking at this page on a smartphone?
For best viewing, hold your phone
in Landscape mode (Horizontal)

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


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.

Related Ontario plaque
Great Fire of 1916



Iroquois Falls Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

(none yet)

Here's where you can send me a comment for this page.

Note: Your email address will be posted at the end of your comment so others can respond to you unless you request otherwise.

Note: Comments are moderated. Yours will appear on this page within 24 hours (usually much sooner).

Note: As soon as I have posted your comment, a reply to your email will be sent informing you.

To send me your comment, click alanlangfordbrown@gmail.com.

Alan L Brown

Note: If you wish to send me a personal email, click here.