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Jackfish (ghost town)

Ontario : Thunder Bay District
Location #10173

Location Owner:quiksilver
Creation Date: 3/23/2014
Last Updated: 3/23/2014

My dad actually spent a number of years living here when he was growing up. My grandfather was a station master and telegraph operator in various towns that CP Rail ran through. Creighton Mines (Database location #9), Port Coldwell (Location #3291) to name a couple. Today, when I got in from my hike, I went over and asked him about life in Jackfish. He was telling me some of the things my Grandpa did in the town, one of them was delivering mail via dog sled. Mail used to come in on the trains, when unloaded he would bag the mail up, load it onto a dogsled then take it across Jackfish lake and to the mines that were nearby. Because he was the telegraph operator he sometimes was the only access to the world outside of the community, so, often times he was a news reporter, weather reporter, most importantly though, he was the source for scores in the hockey games. Many families couldn't afford televisions or radios and wouldn't be able to hear Foster Hewitt's voice saying "Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland". So it was up to him to pass along the scores in the NHL and the local leagues.

I believe it was in the summer of 2010 that a forest fire ripped through most of what remained in Jackfish. There are a few active camps (cottages for those of you south of the Soo/Sudbury area) that are still tended to. I'd be mindful of those places if you're out poking around.

I'll pry into him for some more stories and try to get them added to here. I recall him telling me stories about growing up in these towns when I was a kid and would complain about being bored.... I don't want to try and piece them all together, some of them are from growing up in Port Coldwell.

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Status: Abandoned | Category: Ghost Town

Jackfish (ghost town)
Created on:3/24/2014
Created by: OAP
8 photos
March 2014
Jackfish (ghost town)
Created on:3/24/2014
Created by: quiksilver
20 photos

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Address: Unnamed Road, Thunder Bay, Unorganized, ON P0T, Canada
Province: Ontario

mowldec291 says:
7/7/2014 3:11:10 PM

My Grandpa, Russ Allison was the President of CP rail till '89 and knows this town quite well. There is a concrete coal filling tower that is blown over, and my grandpa was there when and knows the man that blew it over.

quiksilver says:
3/25/2014 10:32:07 PM

Thanks for adding the photos too OAP. I'll see if my dad has any of his old photos from Jackfish or if my Aunt has them all. If he has them, I'll try to scan or photograph them myself and add them.

quiksilver says:
3/25/2014 10:30:29 PM

I'll be going back in the summer for sure Timo, I forgot how much I liked that area. My dad used to take me there a lot when I was a youngster. He used to be able to remember who lived in the houses.

sinkourswim says:
3/25/2014 9:12:32 PM

Thanks for linking my youtube video above! The forest fire in 2010 did destroy a few of the larger buildings sadly.

timo explorer says:
3/25/2014 7:32:37 PM

Great location, I would love to explore this place in warmer temps.

superss says:
3/24/2014 8:42:06 AM

Cool find.

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