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The Founding of Sudbury

The Founding of Sudbury

Photo by contributor Kal Biro - Posted June, 2004

The Founding of Sudbury

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Greater Sudbury
In Memorial Park on Minto Street
between Bradley Street and Medina Lane


Coordinates: N 46 29.411 W 80 59.523

Map

Plaque Text

The establishment of a Canadian Pacific Railway work camp here in 1883 stimulated the growth of a frontier community. Within a year a bustling settlement containing boarding houses, stores, and a hospital had emerged. Though it suffered a temporary set-back in 1885 when track-laying crews moved westward, Sudbury quickly revived. Located in a region rich in timber and mineral resources, it developed as a service centre for logging and mining operations. In 1892, with 1500 residents including a large number of French Canadians, Sudbury was incorporated as a town. A sharp increase in the demand for nickel after 1900 and extension of railway services precipitated rapid expansion, and in 1930 Sudbury, a thriving multi-ethnic community, became a city.

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