Canadian Pacific Railway

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

  1. Migration and Towns
Sherbrooke served as the CP railway junction in eastern Québec, from which place the railway ran through Lake Megantic, Holeb, Jackman, Greenville (on Moosehead Lake), Brownville Junction and Vanceboro, before going to St. John, New Brunswick. The Canadian Pacific Railway led to the creation of both dispersed work camps and concentrated settlements. This railway work and the subsequent timber work that the trains assisted led to the immigration of many French-Canadian workers and their families into places like Jackman, Greenville, and Brownville. For example, Jackman, Maine flourished as a wilderness French-Canadian settlement at the turn of the 20th century. It acquired a large Catholic school that was served by an order of sisters. The parish priest would make many trips into the logging camps in the area to serve the timber workers.

Canadian Pacific Railway wreck, 10 April 1918, Lake Megantic, Québec.

(Zilla Holden Collection, Courtesy of Ruth Reed, Jackman, Maine).