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1820 - 1920. A Century of Industry on the North Shore of Nova Scotia: Wallace to River John
Sunrise Trail Museum
Tatamagouche , Nova Scotia


became too great.
   Along the shore, Wallace,
Tatamagouche and River John
all had highly successful
ship-building industries,
with hundreds of sailing
vessels leaving for worldwide
destinations. The wood came
from the huge forests of fine
timber that stretched inland,

processed by the many sawmill
sites, which were run by
damming the swift flowing
mountain brooks and later by
portable steam engines. Steam
ships saw an end to the age
of sail - but fish and
lobster were plentiful, so
canneries became important
along the shore… for a while.

   Could fortunes be made
when copper and gold were
discovered? Employment
opportunities, reports on the
excavations and even the
problems of hauling in heavy
machinery where no roads
existed, created nervous
excitement. Salt deposits
underground led to a

successful mining venture and
the discovery of sandstone
resulted in quarrying.
   Meanwhile the service
industries flourished,
catering to the needs of the
communities. The Short Line
railway opened up marketing
opportunities and easy
transport for people and

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