Beach Day with L-R Darlene, Darcy & Randall Perron,Bob Lawlor and John Vrolyk
Circa 1954 - Some of the Pottsville Kids withtheir fresh catch.
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Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway Train coming into South Porcupine Station during the flood in the spring of 1928
THE PORCUPINE TRAIL:Before full rail service was established to Timmins in July of1911, reaching the Porcupine goldfields was a very difficult test ofstamina, strength, and willpower. Kelso, at mile 222 on the T. & N.O. linefrom North Bay, was the closest starting point for the roughly 30-mileadventure westward on the Porcupine Trail. Depending on the time ofyear, travellers contended with thick bush, swampy bog-like terrain, riverrapids, and of course mosquitoes during the summer. In the cold wintermonths, sledding or freighting through the snow covered bush and overfrozen river and lake surfaces was the only option. After leaving the trainat Kelso, one would have to make their way westwards through narrow,rough logging roads and bush trails to Frederick House Landing wherethey would transfer all their supplies to boats and canoes when the riverwasn't frozen. From the landing they would travel either on open water orfrozen surfaces south on the Frederick House River to Nighthawk Lakeand continue a short way westward to the mouth of the Porcupine Riverthen northward up a short way to Hill's Landing (south of present-dayHoyle). At Hill's Landing one could get a cheap meal at Mr. Hill's boardinghouse or spend the night to recover and muster up enough energy forthe rest of journey. It's approximately 12 miles directly westwards fromHill's landing to Golden City (Porcupine). During the spring, summer andfall one could choose to trek directly through the bush on a rough,swampy trail for about four hours or choose to take the much longer (by20 miles) but easier route via the Porcupine River by combining twoportages and canoes, boats and motor ferry service into Golden City.J. PurificatiSources: Toronto Star Archives and "The Mining Magazine, Sept. 1910"