Port Rowan map :: 1894

This has nothing to do directly with the era I model, but I enjoyed exploring Port Rowan as it was in 1894 via this map – shared via the Stories and Legends of Long Point and Port Rowan Area group on Facebook.

Port Rowan - Map - 1894

I especially like the information on the mix of building styles – brick (pink), stone (blue), wood (yellow), and so on.

7 thoughts on “Port Rowan map :: 1894

  1. Very neat! How long did Boucher Lumber last? Surely they made use of rail transport – and I like the “scattered lumber” note on their lot. And it looks like Ross and Scott are the same building as you have on the layout at the end-of-track, yes?

    • Hi David:
      I don’t know how long Boucher Lumber lasted, but if I’m interpreting the tea leaves correctly there was a dealer in town during my era (Beaver Lumber) that received stock by rail. And yes, Ross and Scott occupied the location that later became Leedham’s and is now Doerksen’s.

  2. I enjoy very much researching old maps, photographs and post cards for the area I model in Washington State, Raymond, South Bend and the Willapa Harbor area. I’ve found many treasures, mostly old post cards, but a few photos, on eBay.

    I’ve also found many things from the publication of the Pacific County Historical Society (which I am a member of), the Sou’wester, oftentimes lurking in the background.

  3. Very cool! I could spend hours on this stuff. Good mana for stories of people and how they interacted with the railroad.


  4. Very interesting. I know that the track layouts on these plans sometimes leave something to be desired (like accuracy!) but I note that the team track has a turnout at the other end. Now, from emails between us, I know that it was a one point a double ended siding, but if there is not an error in the plan, then it suggests a single-ended spur connected at the other end compared to later on.

    An error, or a curiosity of history?

    • I believe simply an error in the drawing of the map, Simon. As far as I know, the team track started as a double-ended siding and was turned into a spur sometime after second passenger train – from Port Rowan to Stratford and return – was annulled in the mid-1930s.

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