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History of Shawinigan, Québec, Canada

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(St-Boniface-de-Shawinigan)

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Shawinigan is a city located on the Saint-Maurice River in the Mauricie area in Quebec, Canada.

In 1899, the SW&P commissioned Montreal engineering firm Pringle and Son to design a grid plan for a new industrial town on the banks of the Saint-Maurice River, providing the ground work for what would become Downtown Shawinigan.

In 1901, the place was incorporated as the Village Municipality of Shawinigan Falls and gained town (ville) status a year later in 1902. The hydro-electric generating station contributed to rapid economic growth and the town achieved several firsts in Canadian history: first production of aluminum (1901), carborundum (1908), cellophane pellets (1932). Shawinigan Falls also became one of the first Canadian cities with electric street lighting.

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  • 1895 - Shawenegan / Saint Boniface
    Shawenegan, shà-wen-e-gān', or Saint Boniface, a post-village in St. Maurice co., Quebec, on the river St. Maurice, 23 miles N.W. of Three Rivers. It ...Read MORE...




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  • 1895 - Shawenegan / Saint Boniface
    Shawenegan, shà-wen-e-gān', or Saint Boniface, a post-village in St. Maurice co., Quebec, on the river St. Maurice, 23 miles N.W. of Three Rivers. It ... Read MORE...

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