Forges du Saint-Maurice, Trois-Rivieres

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advanced ironworks in America", but had become the oldest operating blast furnace in North America, and far out of date, by the time it shut down for good in March 1883.In 1973, Forges du Saint-Maurice became a national historic park.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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  • Newly retired we planned to visit this place in the fall to take advantage of the decline in tourists at the tourist information office we were even provides the route to get there. But now, life stops at the labor day. We have killed the road for us in front of closed doors...
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  • Learned a lot about the making of iron and steel in the 1800's as well as how people lived in the surrounding village. Beautiful setting with walking trails along river.  more »
  • Forges De Saint-Maurice is a National Park located about 2KM’s off Highway 155 near Trois Rivìeres. The signs to the site are well marked but the return sign to Highway seems to be missing so you shou...  more »

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