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Port Arthur Ore trestle - vertical bents 
Image  Oct. 16th 1944  Vertical bents are being lifted into place on the second level of the trestle. The crane doing the lifting is stationed behind the first level.
Trestle construction - (May 4,1945) 
Image  May 4th 1945  Work on the ore dock approaches the final stages. A huge crane sits more than 80 feet above the water on the ore dock platform. Workers in the photograph appear diminutive in comparison.
Port Arthur Ore Dock - Final Stages (May 4 1945) 
Image  May 4th 1945 
Harvesting Wheat (1913) 
Image  1913  Photo of a state of the art wheat harvester at W.J. Forsyth's farm, in the Frobisher District of Western Canada, 1913.
Beaver Mountain Mine Hotel 
Image  ~1887  Photograph of the hotel built by Oliver Daunais ("The Silver King") at Beaver Mountain Mine, a small mining community near Stanley. The boom in silver mining attracted American investors to Northwestern Ontario. Port Arthur Illustrated 1887
Pakwash Bay (1946) 
Image  1946  Bush plane bringing in supplies to Pakwash Bay, 1946.
A Scow Hauling Trucks (1946) 
Image  1946  Gravel Trucks being transported from Sioux Lookout to the Ear Falls construction area by scow. Once they reached the shore, trucks were driven to English River, where they were loaded onto other scows.
Tomlinson Bros.Contractors - Gravel Pits - Ear Falls 
Image  1946  Tomlinson Bros. Contractors were awarded the contract to build the highway to Red Lake, Ontario in 1946. Truckers, Bert and Harold Mcgonicle pose by their trucks in a gravel pit near Ear Falls, Ontario. The road building required the clearing of 1325 acres of land and the excavation of 400,000...
Dougherty's Cut - CPR construction 
Image  ~1885  This photograph shows the extreme terrain construction crews had to deal with in construction rail lines across Canada. Rock had to be blasted and then hauled out of the way. This photograph also appears in the books 'Building the Railway' by Rosemary Neering, Fitzhenry and Whiteside c1974, and in...
Workers at Kam Power Project (~1906) 
Image  circa 1906  The Kam River Power Project was initiated to supply power to Fort William for its industries. The construction of the power plant at Kakabeka Falls in 1906 provided employment for over 600 workers. The men that lost their lives on this project are buried at this site in Kakabeka Falls, Ontario.
Highway Near Kama Hill (~1934) 
Image  ~1934  Three wagons, three teams of horses, and teamsters pose for this photograph near Kama Hill, near Schreiber Ontario. Building the Trans-Canada Highway involved a tremendous amount of physical labour. Horses pulled wagons filled with gravel and fill. The sideboards and bottom boards of the wagons...
Kaministiquia River Ice Jam (1893) 
Image  1893-05-10  Ice jam, Kaministiquia River, May 10, 1893. C.P.R. elevators A and C in background. River rose about 8 feet as a result of ice jamming at the mouth of the river.; 4.3'wide x 3.1'high b&w photo
Steam Shovel - Trans Continental Railway 
Image  ~1908  A photo of a steam shovel and work crew excavating and clearing the way for the construction of the railway near Keewatin in the early 1900's. To the left of the photo is the steam engine used to transport the shovel to the area.
Steam Locomotive Unloading Ballast 
Image  ~1900  To bridge the gap between rivers, or to create a solid road bed for the rail, a great amount of ballast was required in preparation for the tracks for the TransContinental Railway. At times, the 'track layers' were only ten miles behind the bridge makers on the line.
Coming Home from Loon Lake (~1917) 
Image  circa 1917  Bill Foote attempts to navigate his automobile through the mud on a treacherous stretch of ground. Driving on early roads in the district could be risky. The wise driver was well prepared for any emergency. Note the spare tires near the front fenders.
Butcher's Boy at McKellar's Harbour (~1883) 
Image    The supply boat, the 'Butcher's Boy' docked at McKellar's Harbour to unload food and materials for CPR construction crews. Roads to such isolated areas did not exist, so men relied on cargo boats to bring cattle, rails and food. The 'Butcher's Boy' and 'Butcher's Maid' were owned by Smith and...
Road Builders Cabins - Pakwash Bay 
Image  1946  Left to Right- Nick Osipanko, Keith Randle, Morris Waywanko in a moment of rest at the road builders cabins on the shore of Pakwash Bay, Ontario.
Tomlinson Brothers Cabins - Pakwash Bay 
ImageComments:  1946  Early morning at Pakwash Bay, 1946. These cabins were used to house the highway construction crews for the Red Lake highway that opened August 17, 1947. The camp at Pakwash Bay housed 100 men on the gravel shore of Pakwash Lake. Five hundred men were hired through Manpower (Federal Employment...
Gravel Trucks Arrive At Pakwash Bay By Scow 
Image  1946  The method of transport used in the construction of the highway to Red Lake was by 'scow'. This lake barge carried trucks from Sioux Lookout to Ear Falls. Trucks were driven off one scow and loaded onto another scow to take them to English River. Before the highway, water transportation was the...
Hauling Gravel For The Road To Red Lake (1946) 
Image  1946  Gravel trucks owned by Morris Waywenko at one of the many gravel pits used to provide fill for the road to Red Lake.
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