“A bustling new backwoods metropolis, with every 20th century comfort and convenience, will begin to take shape here this summer, in the heart of some of Ontario’s lushest pulp forests north of Lake Superior . . .
Less than two years ago its existence was known only to Mother Nature. Any casual visitor could have bought all the rock in the country for the price of moving it away. The Manitouwadge discovery sparked the biggest staking stampede in Ontario history . .
After the experts had poked miles of drill holes into the massive orebody, they learned to their surprise that it was one of the biggest base metal mines in Canada . . .”
So began the article in The Star Weekly published on April 30th, 1955, titled Ontario’s Copper Capital Will Be a Model Town in a Christmas Card Setting.
But the writer was oblivious to the history of this region, which stretched back into the mists of time. He never mentioned the prospectors who had been crawling over this country for decades.
Or the timber companies who mined the rich lodes of conifers.
Or the trappers and fur traders who had been criss-crossing this region for centuries.
And the Aboriginals who have called this place home since the Wisconsin glacier retreated.
Maybe we can help you with that.
We are the Manitouwadge Archival & Historical Society.
And we have a lovely museum.
Updated August 31, 2013
Created April 21. 2013