Boosters and Boosterism in Thunder Bay, 1870-1914
by Thorold J. Tronrud
Guardians of Progress is a study of the ideas and techniques of those energetic and often colourful boosters - land developers, speculators, real estate promoters, pioneers, journalists, and merchants - who, between 1870 and 1914, made it their business to transform two small settlements on the shores of Lake Superior (Fort William and Port Arthur) into a Canadian version of Chicago. Ultimately they failed, but, in trying, they left an indelible mark on the character of the community they helped to create, the City of Thunder Bay.
Dr. Thorold J. Tronrud is Curator/Archivist at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, a former editor of the Society's Papers & Records, and an Adjunct Professor of history at Lakehead University.
8.5 x 11.5, 74 p.