I have a thing for trains.
Trains are connectors and symbols of community. When you hear the whistle blowing, you feel a surge of anticipation, of arrival. Trains mean prosperity, commerce; the rumbling, powerful engines command respect, and in my opinion, reverence.
It’s difficult to explain it to those who don’t share the same sentiment. Take, for example, our real estate agent. He didn’t know what to make of my squeal of delight when I realized that we could see the Cobalt train station from the kitchen window. In hindsight, it’s even difficult for ME to explain it. The station was mostly obscured by bare winter branches and it is completely screened in the summer months.
As I say, this love of trains is a very personal feeling. I take comfort in knowing that several readers feel the same and will appreciate the following bit of history.
In 1903 the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway started work to connect Southern Ontario with the newly settled agricultural region near New Liskeard. While searching for trees to use as rail ties, two sharp-eyed gents, Messieurs McKinnley and Darragh stumbled upon a silver deposit. In 1904 Willet Miller, the Provincial geologist erected a sign to mark the location for the future terminal, naming it Cobalt Station.
In 1910, to replace a burned out building, “the one-and-a-half storey brick railway station designed in the Edwardian Classical style by architect John Lyle and was opened. The exterior, certain elements of the interior, and the scenic character of the property are protected by an Ontario Heritage Trust conservation easement (1983). The property is also designated by the Town of Cobalt under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. In 2002, 12.25 square kilometres called the Historic Cobalt Mining District, which includes the former station, was designated a National Historic Site.”
Historic Places website lists the “character-defining elements” of the building. That is, those features that contribute to the heritage value of the Cobalt Station. Partway down the list you will find the entry “numerous doors.”
Thursday Doors bloggers, rejoice!
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