Canadian Pacific Railway

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Travelers : Joseph et Obeline Forgue

  1. History
Begun in the 1870s, the Canadian Pacific Railway was not completed from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans until 1889. The CP was extended across Maine to the Maritimes in 1887-1889. Much of the construction crew was made up of Italian workers. After the railway was in place, it served timber operations, which expanded in the area. Many French-Canadian workers settled near the Canadian Pacific line to work in the woods and provide service industries to the timber crews and their families.

Jackman Station, Canadian Pacific Railway, Jackman, Maine (Photo by Barry Rodrigue, Winter 2000).