|Wednesday, June 18, 1845||The Examiner (Toronto)||Page 3, col. 1|
Lake Huron Railroad.
No public enterprise has been projected in Canada which has commanded so great a degree of public attention as the uniting of Lake Ontario and the navigable waters of Lake Huron by a substantial direct line of communication. A Railroad, from the first agitation of this improvement, has been considered as preferable to any other description of road; and the arguments, pro and con, which have been advanced so far, leaves little doubt that the Railroad will be finally adopted. The great object is to secure not only a good road but speed in travelling,—to bring the two termini of the road, ie point of time, as near each other as possible, by which emigrants and others, seeking a home in the Far West, may most easily and speedily arrive at their destination.
The Toronto and Lake Huron Railroad Company obtained their charter in 1836, limiting their capital to £500,000. At the same time the Western Railroad Company was chartered for the construction of a road from Hamilton to some point on the Detroit River. The necessity and importance of this latter work has been greatly diminished by the extensive improvements in this direction, which have been effected of late years, under the management of the Board of Works. The Plank Road from Hamilton to London, and from the same point to Port Dover, with the completion of the line of macadamized road from Hamilton to Brantford, through the Grand River swamp, will perfect this line of internal communication so far that the necessity for the construction of the Western Railroad is less apparent. We are, therefore, pleased to find that the people of Hamilton are disposed to merge their interests, in the work now under consideration, instead of prosecuting that under their own charter. At the meeting of the stockholders of the Toronto and Lake Huron Railroad Company, held on Friday, the 6th instant, Hamilton was represented by a deputation consisting of Sir Allan McNab and Messrs. Tiffany, Carrell, and Young; when the following resolutions were submitted and passed unanimously:—
Moved by Sir Allan McNab, M.P.P., seconded by H. J. Boulton, Esq., and
Resolved—That a union of the Toronto and Lake Huron Railroad Company, with the Great Western Railroad Company, to form one thorough line of Road, in highly [illegible], as it would unite the energies and resources of the Province in the construction of what may justly be called a Great Provincial Work, and afford ample returns for money involved.
Moves by Sir Allan McNab, M.P.P., seconded by George Duggan, Jun., Esq., M.P.P., and
Resolved—That the said Road shall have a terminus at Hamilton and Toronto; and, the point of junction shall be hereafter determined upon by the Directors of the two Companies. That the work shall be commenced and proceeded with to the junction simultaneously; but that the road shall not be proceeded with beyond the point of junction until the road from Toronto shall have reached the same.
Moved by Sr. Allan McNab, M.P.P., seconded by Hon. Capt. Baldwin, and
Resolved—That the respective Board of Directors for the two Companies be requested to carry into effect the foregoing resolutions at as early a day as practicable.
Considerable disputation has arisen as to the terminus of the Road on Lake Huron, some considering Goderich as the most eligible point, and others giving a preference to Port Sarnia. The arguments we consider are decidedly in favour of Port Sarnia. The distance is not only shorter, but the Road will by adoption of this terminus pass through a country already considerably advanced in improvement. The Harbour at Port Sarnia opens, in Spring, five or six weeks before that of Goderich, and besides, if forms a much nearer connection with the great line of road now partly completed, and in progress from Detroit through the State of Michigan to St. Josephs, (on Lake Michigan,) within a few hours sail of Chicago. The distance from Fort Grutiot, which lies immediately opposite Sarnia, is only 56 miles; a good turnpike road on this route, is already constructed; and before our Railroad is half completed, a branch connecting this point with Detroit, will be in operation. The Road would thus be available for Western travel and transportation throughout the whole year, while the port of Goderich is locked up with ice, and the navigation of the Great Lakes, is entirely suspended. Port Sarnia, is at present, the most eligible point for the Huron terminus, and we are glad to find, that there is a unanimity in the opinion of the Stockholders and the public generally in its favour, which leaves little doubt of its final adoption. The inhabitants of Goderich, we regret to say, have manifested in disposition to sacrifice the public interests in the matter, to their own local advantage; and have, in rather a clandestine manner, dispatcher an agent (Mr. Lizars,) to London, (without any legitimate authority from the company or any information of data, which could lead to a rational hope of success to his mission,) to influence British capitalists, whose attention has already been favourably interested in this great public improvement in the Colony, in favour of Goderich. In this position of affairs, it is gratifying to learn, that the Canada Company, whose immense territory in the Huron District, would lead to the inference, that they, above all others, would be interested in favour of Goderich, are decidedly in favour of Port Sarnia.
The amount of Stock subscribed already amounts to upwards of £30,000, and it is believed that before the meeting of the Stockholders, which is to be held on the 14th July next, the amount required to be subscribed by the charter, before the works is commenced (£50,000,) will be more than taken up. Directors will then be chosen—an agent duly authorised and furnished with every necessary information, will be despatched to Great Britain&mndash;Stock will be freely subscribed there, and the work will be immediately proceeded with. It is a great enterprise, equaling in magnitude and importance, the greatest works of the neighbouring State of New York, and if carried on to completion, with vigour and perseverance, will doubtless prove equally productive and profitable to the Stockholders, and equally conducive to the improvement and settlement of the vast wilderness in the Western parts of the Province, which will thus be brought in immediate and direct communication with the best markets our country affords.