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"Lachine, là'sheen', a town in Jacques Cartier co, Quebec, on Lake St. Louis, opposite Caughnawaga, and on the Grand Trunk Railway, 8 miles S.W. of Montreal. It is the summer residence of many city people, and a favorite resort of pleasure-parties during the winter. It contains a large tannery, a convent, several stores, a brewery, hotels, churches, schools, &c. There is a canal from this point to Montreal (9 miles) to avoid the Lachine Rapids. All the commerce between Montreal and the West (by water) passes through this canal. Lachine is the starting-place for the Ottawa line of steamers, and the steamers for Kingston, Toronto, and Hamilton. Pop. 1696."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

...From the wharf at Montreal we take the steamer which is to carry us up the Ottawa to our destination at the Capital. We proceed for the first eight and a half miles along the Lachine Canal amid scenery tranquil and uneventful as that of a Dutch village. Along the level banks are occasional trees and houses, whose general appearance is scarcely such as to indicate the neighbourhood of Canada's wealthiest city. Before us the canal extends mathematically straight, for the most part on a higher level than the surrounding fields, so that sometimes we can peep into the top-storey windows of the houses as we pass. Every now and then we are delayed by a lock, of which we encounter five on our way to Lachine...

At Lachine it will be well to land and stroll awhile amid the scenery of this quiet suburb of the great city, with its reminiscences of Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle, and its association with so many vicissitudes in the history of the heroic and saintly founders of New France. In the words "La Chine" we have a record of the belief common to so many American explorers, from Columbus downwards, that through America lay the highway to the Orient, a belief which the increasing facilities of communication with the Pacific Coast will yet redeem from the list of delusions. Lachine is a quaint and picturesque old town, of some 4000 inhabitants ; the houses with tall, steep gables, dormer windows and square stone chimneys ; the streets gay with visitors from Montreal, a considerable number of whom reside during the summer months at Lachine, whence they come and go to their places of business in the city by the railway. Nestling among trees of immemorial growth are the parish church, and the convent, amid its high-walled gardens. The former is a handsome edifice, whose twin spires, gracefully decorated, rise high above the surrounding streets. The style is that modification of Renaissance-Gothic which the French brought from Europe, and on which French Jesuitism—the Jesuitism of the Martyrs, not of the political intriguers — has impressed the character of its glorious traditions.

Before the canal was built, Lachine was a place of greater commercial importance than at present ; it was then the trading emporium for Montreal, to which was conveyed all the merchandise from the Western centres, and even the cargoes of skins and furs which the trappers of the Hudson's Bay Company had collected during the winter...

Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84), Pages 143-144

Lachine (La Chine)
A city on the south side of Montréal Island, north of the Lachine Rapids. (45.44N/ 73.68W) Named by the early explorers who were searching for a way to China (La Chine in french). On several old maps, Lachine was shown as the area east of the Lachine Canal, now called Lasalle. The present Lachine was then called Upper Lachine. ~qcchatea/ placenames/

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  • 1535 - October 2 - Jacques Cartier
    visits the Iroquois town of Hochelaga; legend says he proclaimed "What a royal mountain," ("Quel Mont Royal (Mont Réal!)"; visits rapids at the head...Read MORE...

  • 1676 - established
    Lachine, originally named Saint-Sulpice, was a vast domain granted to Robert Cavelier de La Salle to colonize and cultivate the land. Instead,...Read MORE...

  • 1678 - Église des Saints-Anges de Lachine established at Lachine

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    Église des Saints-Anges de Lachine
    1400, rue Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QUÉBEC
    Established 1678
    Source: Google maps
  • 1689 - Attacked by Iroquois - Lachine Massacre
    On the night of August 4-5, 1689, nearly 1,500 Iroquois warriors crossed the St. Lawrence at Lake St. Louis, its widest point in the Montreal area....Read MORE...

  • 1719-20 – Maison Jean-Gabriel Picard (5430 boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine) built. It is one of Lachine's two oldest houses. todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ 1719_in_Canada

  • Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada

  • 1817 - July 17 - Construction begins on the Lachine Canal; completed eight years later. todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ July_17

  • 1821 - July 2 - Lower Canada takes over Lachine Canal building from private company todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ July_2

  • News 1823 - Blown Away
    On Tuesday last, a labourer on the Lachine Canal, having lighted the train to a hole filled with powder for blasting a rock, the charge did not...Read MORE...

  • News 1825 - 700 Irish Arrive
    Montreal, June 18. - On Thursday the Lady Sherbrook and Quebec steam boats brought from Quebec about 700 Irish emigrants, sent out by Government....Read MORE...

  • 1832 - The Parish of Lachine,
    by a regulation made Sept. 20, 1721, confirmed by an Order in Council, Mar. 3, 1722, comprises 2 3/ 4 leagues along the St. Lawrence from Cote des...Read MORE...

    It is our painful duty to announce a calamity unprecedented in extent in British North America, which occurred on our waters on Sunday Inst.

    The...

  • 1859
    CHINE (La). or LACHINE, a village of Lower Canada, on the N side of the rapid called the Sault-Saint-Louis, 8 m. from Montreal. The rapid is overcome ...Read MORE...

  • 1859
    MONTREAL, an island of Lower Canada, at the confluence of the Grand Ottawa river with the St. Lawrence, 580 m. from the mouth of the latter river. It ...Read MORE...

  • 1862 - April 14 - Ice dam causes St Lawrence River rapidly to overflow its banks, inundating one-quarter of Lachine and old Montreal with river water 24 feet deep. todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ April_14

  • 1873
    LACHINE, an incorporated town in Jacques Cartier co., Que., on Lake St. Louis, and on the G. T. R., (Province Line division,) 8 .miles from Montreal. ...Read MORE...

  • News 1876 - Fatal Fire at Lachine, Quebec.
    LACHINE, July 21. - A large building used by Mr. Stouge for boat-building, burned last night, with boats of the Lachine Boating Club and several...Read MORE...

  • News 1881 - Chief Joseph Onaskeurat Dies
    Joseph Onaskeurat, chief of the tribe of Oka Indians, who died the other day near the Lachine Rapids, Province of Quebec, was one of the most...Read MORE...

  • 1885 - Canadian Towns which are Infected
    The State Board of Health of Maine announces, that besides Montreal and its suburbs, the following named places in the Province of Quebec are...Read MORE...

  • Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Pensionnat des Soeurs de Ste-Anne a Lachine, built around 1888
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    View of Lachine Locks
  • Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Bridge at Lachine
  • Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada
    Old Windmill at Lachine, P. Que.
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    Stoney Point, Lachine, P.Q.
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    St Joseph Street, Lachine.
  • 1906 - Église de Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens established at Lachine

  • 1910 - Église du Très-Saint-Sacrement established at Lachine

  • 1916
    Lachine, a town of Jacques Cartier co., Quebec, on Lake St. Louis, opposite Caughnawaga, and on the Grand Trunk and the Canadian Pacific Rs., 8 miles ...Read MORE...

  • Lachine
    Lachine, Qué, City, pop 40 222 (2001c), 39 910 A (1996c), 35 266 (1991c), area 17.83 km2, inc 1907, is located on the south bank of Île de Montréal...Read MORE...

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