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The Founding of Sturgeon Falls

The Founding of Sturgeon Falls

Photo by contributor Blair Olsen - Posted July, 2009

The Founding of Sturgeon Falls

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted June, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Nipissing
The Municipality of West Nipissing
In Sturgeon Falls, at a rest stop on Highway 17
first exit to the right eastbound after Sturgeon River bridge

Coordinates: N 46 21.956 W 79 55.984


Plaque Text

The development of Sturgeon Falls began in 1881 with the arrival of Canadian Pacific Railway constructions teams and the opening of a post office. About a year earlier the communities first permanent settler, James Holditch, had acquired land here on the Sturgeon River about 2 km northeast of a former Hudson's Bay Company post, which he later purchased. The erection of sawmills and the rapid growth of the lumbering and pulp and paper industries stimulated the development of the village and attracted many French-Canadian Settlers to the area. Some of the most prominent were Joseph Michaud, Zotique Mageau, Georges Levesque, J.D. Cockburn and J.A. Levis. In 1895, with a population of about 850, Sturgeon Falls was incorporated as a town.



West Nipissing Plaques

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> Posted August 11, 2013
When did the Nipissing Hotel burn down in Sturgeon Falls?
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