Choo Choo! It’s the first Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time for another episode of It Happened Here with our Education Coordinator Ken Irvine. In this episode, Ken dives into the history of the railway in Guelph; from its inception in the 1850s to its operation present-day.
“While the building and financing of Guelph railways were filled with controversy, overspending, nepotism and deceit, the arrival of the train created an economic boom for the city, businesses thrived, farmers prospered, and land prices rose steadily. We know today the development of rail – locally and across Canada – also came at a great cost to Indigenous people, who were displaced from their homelands and hunting grounds as a result of settlement fueled by the growth of rail; and to Chinese railway workers and Black Railway porters who faced dangerous working conditions and discrimination.”