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The Impacts of the Railway


Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec

Two neighbourhoods, two parishes, two churches

Saint-François-Xavier neighbourhood near the station, Rivière-du-Loup

Railway activity had a major impact on the area surrounding the station, which was completely transformed within a few decades. A veritable rail and business hub, the city of Rivière-du-Loup grew tremendously at the end of the 19th century. From 1881 to 1891, its population doubled, far surpassing that of other communities in the region. Growth continued at such a pace that in 1905, two new parishes were founded in the town, one on each side of the river.

Fonds Paul-Émile Martin, Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, m04052
c. 1912
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, CANADA

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