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Wednesday, October 20th, 2021


Rouyn-Noranda : From 1927 to nowadays

The first strokes into a pristine environment

In the early 1900s, the geographical area of what would eventually become Rouyn-Noranda was nothing more than vast woodland crisscrossed by almost inaccessible rivers and lakes. In 1911, Edmund Horne, A Nova Scotia-born prospector, ventured into the shores of Osisko Lake for the very first time. He returned twice to dig into the soil of the area. His efforts brought him to discover remarkably rich deposits of copper ore.

People, filled with hope and enthusiasm, came from everywhere. It started out with the opening of a mine. Then they built wooden shacks around Osisko Lake. Soon, the area was referred to as a village.

In addition to Osisko Hotel, which offered rudimentary comfort, and a few small shacks that sheltered the early settlers to the region, there was also a large cabin standing on the point of land that juts into Lake Osisko. This camp served as the home for Joseph Dumulon and his family, who came from the city of Ville-Marie, but also as a general store and a post office. A few acres to the east stood the fire wardens’ cabin, right across the Union’s quarters. This is where the sites of the future town were sold.

On Thursday, October 10, 1924, Abbé Fougère celebrated the very first mass in this land full of promise. It was held in Mr. Dumulon’s general store, where a group of about fifty persons gathered to pray. For the occasion, the store counter served as an altar.

Twin cities

Rouyn was born first. After the small log cabins, the city welcomed a theater, a hospital, a bank, stores, schools and several hotels. Noranda was built to suit the needs of the mine and the smelter. At the foot of the two huge smelter chimneys, hundreds of men took turns, working hard and long hours, and keeping the town alive and kicking.

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