People, Paper, Power and Trees

Creator(s): Iroquois Falls Pio

This Community Stories Exhibit is a historical portrayal of the founding of the town of Iroquois Falls, Ontario and the Abitibi Pulp and Paper Company Limited, a paper mill built on the vision of Frank Harris Anson (1839-1923). Derided at first as "Anson's Folly," Abitibi Pulp and Paper became the largest producer of newsprint in North America.

Iroquois Falls remains a single industry town and the name "Abitibi" has been a staple in conversations, homes and lives since 1914, as has the name of the company's founder. The hamlet of Ansonville, Anson Street, Anson General Hospital and the Anson commemorative monument erected in Anson Park still stand in honour.

"People, Paper, Power and Trees" is a tribute to the great strength of character, grand ideas and wonderful personality of Frank Harris Anson, a pioneer in the North. The exhibit captures the importance of his visionary paper mill in the history and industrial heritage of Iroquois Falls, one of the first planned towns in Canada, the "Garden Town of the North."

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