Superior Islands Stone:
The Story of the Nepigon River Bridge
November 21/2013
Posted on: November 20, 2013
Nipigon River Bridge
Click the photo to view in full size. CPR Bridge crossing the Nepigon River, constructed on foundations of stone quarried from islands in Nepigon Bay, Lake Superior. Photo credit: National Archives of Canada

7:00 – 9:00 P.M., Thursday, November 21st

St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 20 Second Ave., Nipigon Ontario

*CLICK HERE to view the November 17th Chronicle – Journal article about this presentation.*

Discover the construction history of the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) at the Nepigon River bridge crossing and its unique and interesting connection to Lake Superior and the Nipigon Bay community. Various quarries located on islands throughout Nipigon Bay were used to provide stone to construct the bridge during the 1880s, but not without many challenges and complications. Mr. Bill Skrepichuk, a local Lake Superior enthusiast, will depict these events using vintage and current images in hopes of increasing knowledge and appreciation for early construction activities around Nipigon Bay and along the north shore of Lake Superior. This rich story will ignite passion and excitement for our local area history and improve our cultural connection to Lake Superior.

The event is free of charge and includes refreshments and light snacks, even fish. For more information, call the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan office at 807.343.8514.

This event is part of our “Lake Superior Evening” series. Several Lake Superior Evenings have been held in Thunder Bay. This is the first Lake Superior Evening to be held in the Nipigon/Red Rock area. These events are meant to increase the already strong “connect” between the people of our region and the largest of the Great Lakes. Previous Lake Superior evenings have brought to life information about Lake Superior light houses, shipwrecks, commercial fishing, economics, art, music and photography.

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