Marathon & District Historical Society and Museum

Town of Marathon

Time Line TimeLine

 The Timeline was taken from rough notes found in the museum.  Dates are currently being looked at for accuracy.  Please contact us with any errors.

1870
 Surveying for the Railroad underway
Lake Superior, Fort Albany and Long Lake Railroad depicted on early maps

1880s
 CPR construction. 12,000 men, 5000 horses and no police force. “Peninsula” (now Marathon) was constructed as a “whistle stop” watering station for the steam locomotives. Water tower was built on a hill to fill the on-board tanks. Peninsula remained in action until mid 1945 when the name was changed to Marathon.

Jellicoe Cove 1883

1917
 May 9th, Great Lakes Paper Company acquires the timber concession on the Pic River

1936
 General Timber Company, the Canadian Branch of Marathon Paper Mills, begins logging on the lower limits of the Big Pic Timber Concession

 

1937
 W.E.Mair surveys Jellicoe Cove, (Peninsula Harbour).
 D.C. Everest plans for a Sulphate Mill in Canada

1938
 Rafts of Pulp Wood stored in Peninsula Harbour for towing to Ashland Wisconsin. General Timber tugs Handy Andy and MPM accompany   rafts as tenders

1943
June marked the first visit of the Foundation Company Engineering group.

  War time and below the Angler POW Camp

Angler POW Camp

1944
 April Marathon Paper Mills, began construction of new 150 Kraft pulp mill.
May Construction workers living in tents
Aug 26, 3RD Street was carved out of the wilderness to become Whitman Court
Prisoners of War working at the sawmill at Camp 35,  on the Pic River

1945
 Town temporarily called “Everest”
Spring melt caused the foundation of mill to sink because of poor soil conditions. Construction was halted and a new site chosen.  Population explosion after the war brought veterans and their families to new lives. Increase in CPR employees.
Marathon population about 2500.
Approximately 1300 men employed at the mill and Woodlands.

1946
 Train station opened
April 23 first pulp wood up the jack ladder
Sept 20 First digester cooked
Chapples Store opened October
First bale of pulp off the line  at 10:30 PM, Oct 15. Bales are 500lbs each.
New mill building completed. Sulphate pulp shipped via railway cars to US market
Marathon Police Department and Fire Station building erected (on Stevens Ave, below Everest Hotel)
Strand Theatre construction commenced July 20
Recreation Hall construction commenced July 20

1947
 Public Library opened in Rec. Hall building on Winton St. 1000 books donated by residents to start it up.
The Strand Theatre opened June
Rec Hall officially opened

1948
 Outdoor pool built by volunteers
Bus service begins. Takes workers to and from mill, public to hospital and Chapples
Groups formed:Ballet and Tap; Marathon Guides and Brownies; Downhill Ski Club; Marathon Scouts and Cubs; Marathon Figure Skating Club.
First skating on outdoor rink

1949
 Street lights installed November 6th,

1951
 Peninsula Golf Course construction commences

1953
 August 10, the highway is opened between Marathonn and Terrace Bay

1954
Police Station Built
Marathon High School construction started

1957
The Town is connected to the Ontario Hydro electric grid.
 Stevens Avenue School built at the southern end of  Stevens Ave.

1958
Marathon's streets are paved.

 

1960
 Knights of Columbus begins
at 10:30 AM, September 17 the highway between Marathon and Sault Ste. Marie was opened

1970
 Marathon becomes a Township – replacing Improvement District of Marathon

1980
 Population 2300

1983
 American Can. Canada sold to James River Corp.
Pukaskwa National Park officially opened
Last major River Drive
24 hour Air Ambulance approved for Marathon Hospital

1984
 Hemlo Gold explorations discover gold veins east of Marathon. Construction of three new mines begins.
First flight to Marathon – Austin Airways
Marathon's first overseas ship docks here for bales of pulp
Del Earle Park opens, named Marathon's first Recreation Director.
Marathon Centre Mall begins construction

1985
 Marathon Plaza Mall opens
September 6th Teck-Corona mines officially opened.
May 29th  Teck-Corona pours gold at Hemlo Gold Mines

1987
 Water Tower dismantled – underground reservoir built
Catholic School board begins construction of Holy Saviour School/École St. Sauveur
Confederation College sets up office 1987 Crimestoppers started

1988
 Marathon builds ski slopes and Visitor Information Centre
New High School and Public Schools built

1985-1990s
 Population of Marathon expands to nearly 6000 – miners, pulp mill workers and CPR employees.

2000
 Population 4700

2009
 Last bale of Pulp producedFeb 28, 2009
Total production for the mill site  8,964,836 BADMT
Marathon Pulp Mill shuts down. 

2013
 Population 4400

2014
 Demolition of the Marathon Mill commences, completion set for 2015
Marathon Curling Club closes it's doors

2016
 D & H Foods closes
​Dec 16 Everest Hotel burns to the ground
Trinity Anglican Church closes and is sold

2017
 Demolition and Stabilization of the Pulp Mill site schedules to be completed by June.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

//