• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - present day

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

The railway bridge was built across the St. Mary's River in 1887. The picture above shows how it looked in 1905.

 

What could people move from one side of the river to the other once the railway bridge was there?

If you look at the picture below you can see the same railway bridge going across the St. Mary's River . This is a photo of Anishnaabe fishermen braving the rapids in 1901. They practiced dip net fishing where the man in the back navigated the canoe while the man in the front used his net to catch the fish.

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The Rapids Then and Now

The Railway Bridge

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The Rapids Then and Now