Feature Friday February 11, 2022

11 Feb

A photograph of the community of Macdiarmid, ON as it appeared in 1934. The town site was established in 1911 as a construction camp for the Canadian Northern Ontario Railway which was completed in 1914 (not visible in the photo). By late 1917, a railway spur had been built at what was then known as Sand Point, which was later changed to Macdiarmid. The area was a hub for commercial fishing on nearby Lake Nipigon during World War I.

In the 1960s land was partitioned off on the north side of the community for the Indigenous people living there. Initially known as Rock Bay First Nation, today it is commonly referred to by its more traditional name, Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishinabek.

Toronto Star Photograph Archive

Macdiarmid, 1934 (Toronto Star Photograph Archive, Courtesy of Toronto Public Library)
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