9208 Hwy 17 E
Ontario Tourism Region : Northcentral Ontario
- Pop. 581. In Plummer Additional T., Algoma Dist. on the N shore of L. Huron's North Ch. opposite St. Joseph I., on Hwys 17 & 638, 62 km SE of Sault Ste. Marie.
- In 1846 the first mining claim was filed by James Cuthbertson. The following year the Montreal Mining Company started the first copper mine in Canada, shipping ore to Wales for smelting.
- Cornishmen, brought from England to work the mines, were known as 'Cousin Jacks,' and their wives as 'Cousin Jennies.'
- The mines were the mostproductive on the continent until American demand for copper ceased during the Civil War, forcing their closure in 1876.
- The town was named in honour of James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin and governor of the province of Canada 1846-1854.
- Postcards above used with permission from A Great Lakes Treasury of Old Postcards 2007 Lorenzo Marcolin, MD 176 pp. For Copies call the Huronia Museum 705 526 2844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Resources Canada in the District of Algoma.
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