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Sudbury at 4 yrs old
Jesuits ventured into the area in the 1700's but didn't set up a permanent mission until the railway camps were established . By early reports , the biggest role they played was in trying to prevent the smuggling of alcohol into the area in order to protect the Aboriginal populations . The CPR who wanted sober workers
also policed their system of supply and inevitable small business that trailed the railway into the area . Nursing Nuns followed the camp to establish a hospital to minister to the injured and locals . Many religious groups flowed into the area with the Railway camps.
|Geological survey when forsts were plentiful|
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During the building of the railway , ore rich in copper and nickel was discovered and prospectors entered the region . This discovery ensured the development of a town along the railway at Sudbury , as well as several smaller towns around this hub of commerce . When the railway worker camp was moved to Biscotasing , a small town was already in its permanent beginnings at Ste. Anne des Pins , named by Jesuits for the immense white pine forest in the area .
Just as what happened in Mattawa , lumbering companies moved in with the railway providing the transportation for the trees they cleared . Much of the forest was used for the building of the railway (ties and telegraph poles) taken out of the Rayside and Balfour areas which was opening up for settlement and farming ; but by far most met another fate .
Prospectors exploring the rugged hills found that burning off the forest to see the rock below was preferable for quick location of ore . Great tracts of forest turned to ash in the search for copper and other precious metals .
Turn of the century mines used massive trees for support .
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|Smelter after wood|
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