The Railways of Ottawa

Finding No. 21   Railway Structures Destroyed (Mainly) by Fire


Union Forwarding Company Freight House at Union village 22 September 1860

The Union, Ottawa 26 September 1860
Repeated verbatim in the Kingzton Whig Standard of 1 October 1860
(except it said Saturday 22nd October which is correct)

We are sorry to learn that the Freight House, part of the Wharf and a few rods of the Railway, at Union village at the head of Chats Portage, were burned on Saturday the 21st [sic] inst.  The fire is supposed to have originated from a spark from the funnel of the steamer Oregon as it was first discovered in the roof of the Freight house.  The loss to the company will not exceed 250, as the Depot was empty; but we are sorry to say four or five horses belonging to poor people in the village, were destroyed.

Updated 6 March 2022

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