Early RPPC postcard winter photo of Porcupine (TBD?) in Northern Ontario during gold rush years 1909-1911. Church and couple dozen buildings built edge of Porcupine Lake(?).
The gold rush in the Porcupine area of Northern Ontario started in 1909 and was in full swing by 1911.
Written in French in top margin:
“Porcupine pays de l’or pres Cochrane”
(Porcupine gold country near Cochrane)
Based on VELOX photographic paper used, dates card to 1907-1911.
Toned on back
The Porcupine Gold Rush was a gold rush that took place in Northern Ontario starting in 1909 and developing fully by 1911. A combination of the hard rock of the Canadian Shield and the rapid capitalization of mining meant that smaller companies and single-man operations could not effectively mine the area, as opposed to earlier rushes where the gold could be extracted through placer mining techniques. Although a number of prospectors made their fortune, operations in the area are marked largely by the development of larger mining companies, and most people involved in the mining operations were their employees.