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Port Arthur

Port Arthur

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted October, 2013

Port Arthur

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
In a landscaped area outside the
Baggage Building Arts Centre and Gallery on Marina Park Drive
across the rail tracks from the Thunder Bay Tourist Pagoda.

Coordinates: N 48 26.047 W 89 13.064


Plaque Text

On Thunder Bay just north of Fort William, engineer Simon Dawson established the eastern terminus of the Canadian government's proposed land and water route connecting Lake Superior and the Red River, for which construction began in 1869. The next year, when Colonel Garnet Wolseley led the Canadian Expeditionary Force over the Dawson Road to quell the Red River Resistance, he named his camp here Prince Arthur's Landing. It was renamed Port Arthur and chosen as the site of the Canadian Pacific Railway's first grain elevator in 1883, and then it became a central terminus of the Canadian Northern Railway in 1902.

Related Ontario plaques
Fort William
Simon James Dawson 1820-1902
The Wolseley Expedition 1870
The Canadian Northern Railway



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