Nicolet, Québec, Canada
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Nicolet, Quebec is the county seat of Nicolet-Yamaska Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada, lying at the intersection of Route 132 and Route 259, neighbouring the city of Bécancour. The town took its name from Jean Nicolet, a French explorer.
Nicolet is a town with a great deal of religious history, and is currently home to the rather striking Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, as well as the Musée des Religions, which focuses on the historical and ethnographic context of religion. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nicolet.
The residents of the town pronounce the final "t" in Nicolet, however people outside of the region do not.
It also boasts an ecological park, L'Anse du Port, featuring an observatory offering an excellent view of the Lac Saint-Pierre. As well, Nicolet is home to Sogetel, a major independent telephone company.
One of the most infamous features of the town of Nicolet is its geology. The town was established upon the sandy, unstable soil at the mouth of the Nicolet River, which makes it prone to landslides. On November 12, 1955, eight months after a violent fire gutted its downtown area—destroying 35 commercial buildings and displacing 75 families—a landslide carried 7 acres of earth and six buildings crashing down into the river, killing three people, injuring six and causing $10 million in damages. The event was later the subject of a book by author Louis Caron entitled Le Bonhomme Sept-Heures.
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1672 - Seigniory (Nicolet) - Granted Oct. 29th, 1672, to Sieur de Laubia
1716 - Parish of St. Jean Baptiste de Nicole is established
Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White
1831 - Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste established at Nicolet
1855 - August 17, 1855 - First Sisters of the Assumption (Soeurs de l'Assomption) arrive at Nicolet; one year later, on this date, they found la Communauté des Soeurs de l'Assomption. Nicolet, Québec
1832 - NICOLET,
seigniory and augmentation, in the co. of Nicolet, is bounded N.E. by Roquetaillade; S.W. by Baie St. Antoine; in the rear by the T. of Wendover; in front by Lake St. Peter. - The original grant is 2 leagues in front by 2 in depth. Granted Oct. 29th, 1672, to Sieur de Laubia: the augmentation, 2 leagues in breadth by 3 in depth, with Isle de la Fourche, was granted Nov. 4th, 1680, to Sieur de Cresse. Both are now the property of Kenelm Connor Chandler, Esq. - The soil is not remarkably good, but industry has in some degree counteracted its natural defects...
The Village of Nicolet is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river, about a mile from its mouth; its appearance, whether approached by the river or by either of the roads, is calculated to attract the notice of a traveller, and offers inducements for visiting it sufficient to reapy an ordinary journey to the admires of nature's favoured spots. - This village, containing about 90 houses with a church in the centre, is remarkable for its beautiful situations on the side of a gentle aclivity, covered with... (the best timber in the seigniory)... Besides a roman catholic church, 140 ft. by 50 ft. decorated with some valuable paintings, there is a neat well-built protestant episcopal chapel, 50 ft. by 25 to 30 ft. In this village, about the beginning of the present century, a college for the education of youth was founded under the auspices of the then catholic bishop of Quebec...
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A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832
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1873 - Nicolet Quebec, has a hog ninety-eight years old. He is an Iroquois Indian, and his name is Jean Cochon.
District of Columbia
August 4, 1873
1883 - Diptheria is prevalent at Nicolet, near Quebec.
NICOLET, a central county of Quebec, comprises an area of 379,320 acres. The Becancour river intersects tins county, and the St. Lawrence washes its N. shore. Capital, Becancour Pop. 23,262.
NICOLET. a flourishing post village and market town in Nicolet co., Que , 8 miles from St. Gregoire, 81 mil s N.N.E. of Montreal. It contains 15 Stores, 2 saw and 2 flouring mills, a boot and shoe factory, and a telegraph office. It has a line college, with a library containing over 10,100 volumes. Pop. 1,200.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
New York Herald
New York, New York
March 27, 1883
1894 - Four men of Nicolet, Quebec were drowned in the St. Lawrence yesterday.
The Washington Gazette
Washington, North Carolina
May 17, 1894
1906 - Cathedral and Convent Burn
1895 - Nicolet
NICOLET, a central county of Quebec, comprises an area of 379,320 acres. The Becancour River intersects this county and the St. Lawrence washes its north shore. Capital, Becancour. Pop. 28,735.
Crossby, Peter Alfred. Lovell's gazetteer of British North America. (John Lovell & Son)., 1895
Ecclesiastical Buildings at Nicolet, Que., Destroyed - Loss About $600,000.
Special to The Tribune.
Nicolet, Que., June 22 - A disastrous conflagration broke out here last evening which soon got beyond the control of the local fire brigade and utterly destroyed the magnificent new cathedral, the old parish church, the convent of the Sisters o...
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