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.
      Cheers!

  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.

    LD

  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.
      Cheers!

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