The Attawandaron
A Man Owns Land
War of 1812
The Land Owns Him
Rebellion of 1837
Bushel for Bushel
The Iron Horse
The Old Alma Mater
A Few Jumbo Mistakes
London's Resort Town
Cofferdam Disaster
Marquette & Bessemer
The Olga
Mitchell F. Hepburn
How Sweet It Was
Another Way
Edisons of Vienna
John Kenneth Galbraith
Immigration Disaster
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On October 23, 1847 the first sod of the Great Western was turned by Col.Talbot in London at a ceremony on the west side of Richmond Street where the Canadian Pacific Railway is now. As it turned out construction of the line was delayed for another four years, however, in the meantime Canadians were becoming convinced that the railway could improve their life.

Nothing had a more profound impact upon the industrial development of Elgin County and St. Thomas than the coming of the railway.

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