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The Village of Jackfish (~1889)
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Posted by John Simpson, 10 October 2015 at 18:45

The steamship in the photograph docked at Jackfish appears to be the same Steamer "Ontario" as noted by the photographer John Forde in a cabinet photograph in my possession taken by him when docked at Port Coldwell.

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The Village of Jackfish (~1889)

Photograph showing the village of Jackfish, Ontario, circa 1889. Jackfish began as a fishing village in the 1870's. In 1884, the CPR began using Jackfish as a landing for construction supplies. Along with the wharf (lower left), a 600 foot trestle coal dock was constructed. Coal was unloaded from the terminals located here, for the steam locomotives during their regular 'whistle stops'. The arrival of diesel locomotives in the 1940's signaled the end of this once busy village. Today, many visit Jackfish to see an example of a northern ghost town.