First Railway in Canada

First Railway in Canada (HM1EZ7)

Location: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC 38201 Le Haut-Richelieu Regional County Municipality
Country: Canada
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N 45° 18.157', W 73° 15.22'

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Canada's first steam railway, the Champlain and St. Lawrence, was opened in 1836 to better facilitate trade with the United States. It was built by promoters led by brewer John Molson and merchant-forwarder Jason C. Pierce. This 23-kilometre line expedited the movement of passengers and freight between Montr?al and New York by linking La Prairie, on the St. Lawrence River and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The wooden rails were replaced with iron in 1847, and the line was extended in 1851 to Rouses Point, New York, to form part of a major international railway network.
HM NumberHM1EZ7
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 636911 N 5018051
Decimal Degrees45.30261667, -73.25366667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 18.157', W 73° 15.22'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 18' 9.42" N, 73° 15' 13.20" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 Rue Jacques-Cartier N, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC 38201, CA
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