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History of Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada

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The discovery of Thetford Mines’ asbestos deposit in 1876 is usually attributed to local resident Joseph Fecteau. Having taken a break from cutting hay to pick blueberries, Fecteau spotted a strange, greenish rock. He scraped some fibres from the rock with his fingernail and showed the substance to a visiting fur trader named Roger Ward. Ward had samples of the fibres analyzed and confirmed it was the mineral asbestos.

In 1877, Ward bought property and mining rights in the village. Mining companies began production later that year. In 1879, the arrival of the railway made it possible to transport the mineral in larger quantities and more quickly to Lévis, Quebec. The village incorporated as Kingsville (named after William King, an important mine owner) in 1892. It grew rapidly as the mines attracted people from other areas. Kingsville was incorporated as a city and renamed Thetford Mines in 1905.

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  • 1832 - THETFORD,
    township, in the co. of Magantic, is bounded N.W. by Leeds; S.E. by Adstock, and lies between Groughton and Ireland. - This township, thought...Read MORE...


  • 1886 - Parish of St. Alphonse Thetford Mines is established

    Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White

  • 1892 - September 22, 1892 - Thetford Mines incorporated as a town

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ September_22

  • 1906
    Thetford Mines, a banking post-village and outport of Wolfe co., Quebec, on the Quebec Central R., 80 miles SW. of Quebec. It has extensive...Read MORE...


  • 1908 - Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue established at Thetford-Mines

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    Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue
    4731, rue de l’Église, Thetford-Mines, QUÉBEC
    Established 1908
    Source: Google maps
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    Thetford-Mines, Quebec. The biggest Asbestos Mines of the world.
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    Railroad Station
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    Bureau de la Cie. Bell.
    Thetford Mines, Que.
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  • 1924 - Église de Saint-Désiré established at Thetford-Mines

    www.gcatholic.org

  • 1925 - Église de l’Immaculée-Conception-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie established at Thetford-Mines

    www.gcatholic.org

  • News 1938 - DEATH PIT. 7 QUEBEC MINERS DIE IN ROCKSLIDE.
    Thetford Mines, Que., Dec. 8. (CP) - A rock-slide two hours after a dynamite blast in the Bell asbestos mine here brought death last night to seven...Read MORE...


  • 1948 - November 28 - Strike by 2,000 workers at Johns-Manville plant in Asbestos starts this day; will last two years, to 1950; joined by 2,500 workers from Thetford Mines, Québec

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ November_28

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  • Thetford Mines
    Thetford Mines, Qué, City, pop 16 628 (2001c), 17 635 (1996c), 18 251 (1991c), area 36.95 km2, inc 1892, is located on Rivière Bécancour in the...Read MORE...




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Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue
4731, rue de l’Église, Thetford-Mines, QUÉBEC
Established 1908
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Thetford-Mines, Quebec. The biggest Asbestos Mines of the world.
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Bureau de la Cie. Bell.
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Railroad Station
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  • 1832 - THETFORD,
    township, in the co. of Magantic, is bounded N.W. by Leeds; S.E. by Adstock, and lies between Groughton and Ireland. - This township, thought... Read MORE...

  • 1886 - Parish of St. Alphonse Thetford Mines is established

    Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White
  • 1892 - September 22, 1892 - Thetford Mines incorporated as a town

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ September_22
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  • 1906
    Thetford Mines, a banking post-village and outport of Wolfe co., Quebec, on the Quebec Central R., 80 miles SW. of Quebec. It has extensive... Read MORE...

  • 1908 - Église de Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue established at Thetford-Mines

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1924 - Église de Saint-Désiré established at Thetford-Mines

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 1925 - Église de l’Immaculée-Conception-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie established at Thetford-Mines

    www.gcatholic.org
  • News  1938 - DEATH PIT. 7 QUEBEC MINERS DIE IN ROCKSLIDE.
    Thetford Mines, Que., Dec. 8. (CP) - A rock-slide two hours after a dynamite blast in the Bell asbestos mine here brought death last night to seven... Read MORE...

  • 1948 - November 28 - Strike by 2,000 workers at Johns-Manville plant in Asbestos starts this day; will last two years, to 1950; joined by 2,500 workers from Thetford Mines, Québec

    canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ November_28
  • Thetford Mines
    Thetford Mines, Qué, City, pop 16 628 (2001c), 17 635 (1996c), 18 251 (1991c), area 36.95 km2, inc 1892, is located on Rivière Bécancour in the... Read MORE...

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