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Forges du Saint-Maurice, Trois-Rivieres

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Forges du Saint-Maurice , just outside Trois-Rivières, Quebec, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and birthplace of the country's iron industry.Forges du Saint-Maurice was created on 25 March 1730, the second company granted a monopoly to employ the iron ore deposits at Trois-Rivières.The forge started working in 1738 and remained in virtually continuous operation until closing. It employed about 100 craftsmen and 300-400 labourers in production of forged and molded iron products, including pots, pans, and stoves. Director François-Étienne Cugnet went bankrupt in 1742, leading to a state takeover and handover to Britain after the Treaty of Paris.In 1747, the company experimented unsuccessfully with cannon making and steel production.From 1738 into the mid-1830s, the Forges were "the most technologically advanced ironworks in America", but had become the oldest operating blast furnace in North America, and far out of date, by the time it shut down for good in March 1883.In 1973, Forges du Saint-Maurice became a national historic park. Archaeological research there continues.
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  • The State of affairs is not very good. Need us a lot of imagination to see what could be this location at the time. Few artifacts, but however the schedule is planned well for the presentation of the various sites. Guides are very explicit and well help us to understand what could be the space and the buildings at the time. Thankfully this year we do not pay the entrance with our park Canada access card, because it was not worthwhile.
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  • The site opens its doors at 10: 00 and 10:30, we can watch a multimedia show projected on a scale model of the village dating back to 1845, where nearly 400 people lived there at the time. The length of the show is 20 minutes. Attend the screening already puts us in the context of this former steel site. After attending the multimedia show, we headed upward stove for 11 hours in order to attend a workshop on the functioning of the stove top technique, used raw materials, casting, production of moulded objects, production of the ingot and protection equipment individual required for the employees. So, for those who do not read the interpretive panels, these two activities you enjoy. Before concluding our tour, we followed the trail to the high Forge, Forge bass dating from 1736 and the fountain of the devil. And for those who are of my generation, it is here that the external scenes were shot for the soap opera Les Forges Saint-Maurice in the 1970s. Free entry for 2017
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  • Disappointment on the maintenance of this site in general as well as footpaths. Washed out panels but interesting ruins.
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