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The Shawville Station

Friday 10 October 2014, by Monique

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In the late 1800’s, the Pontiac Pacific Junction Railway was built to replace the Ottawa River as the way to transport goods and passengers to and from the Pontiac.
The railway was constructed at great expense and some controversy, and stations were built at intervals from Aylmer to Waltham.
The Shawville station is the only one still in existence.
The proposed connection across the Ottawa River to Pembroke and points west never materialized. Still, the railway served to modernize transportation, moving people and goods until the 1970’s.
When freight service was discontinued, the station was closed and boarded up.

By 1973, the building was considered a liability for the railway company, and was sold and partially stripped for removal. A group of historically-minded citizens gathered the funds and resources to buy the building and have it moved to its present location.
Donated artifacts were assembled, and the Pontiac Historical Museum was officially opened in 1975.


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