Edited by Thorold J. Tronrud and A. Ernest Epp
The city of Thunder Bay was only created in 1970. Yet for over 9,000 years settlements have existed on the sheltered bay that bears the same name. Europeans arrived and established permanent buildings there as early as 1683 and the site achieved significance far beyond its borders almost 200 years ago! Even as an urban centre, the community (formerly Fort William and Port Arthur) is well into its second century.
This co-operative history utilizes the expertise of historians, archaeologists, geographers, sociologists, and urban planners to provide a well-rounded description and analysis of the communities on the shores of Thunder Bay. It explores the site's changing terrain, the story of its first peoples, and the fascinating era of the fur trade. It recounts with verve the boom years of the early 20th century when progress knew no bounds, and reveals the deadly impact of two World Wars and the Great Depression. The community's cultural spirit, its sporting heros, and its political and economic life emerge with fullness and richness in these pages.
Dr. Thorold J. Tronrud is Curator/Archivist at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society and an Adjunct Professor at Lakehead University
Dr. A. Ernest Epp is an Associate Professor of History at Lakehead University. He served as Member of Parliament for the Thunder Bay-Nipigon riding from 1984-1988.
8" x 10", 278 p.