The Shamrock Motel
955 Yonge Street, Midland, L4R 2E9, Canada
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The founding of Midland
Before I start writing my tips I want to tell you a bit more about the founding of Midland. I am always intrigued by how these towns started to develop, and why....
the founding of Midland :
In 1871 a group of the principal shareholders of the Midland Railway, headed by Adolph Hugel, selected this location as the northern terminus of their line which then ran from Port Hope to Beaverton, known at the time as Mundy's Bay.
The region was sparsely inhabited but the interest aroused by their action resulted in the survey fo a town site in 1872-1873. Most of the lots were owned by the Midland Land Company which was controlled by the railway. The line, which soon attracted settlers to the area, was completed in 1879. The new community named Midland achieved its early growth through shipping and the lumber and grain trade.
First stop is the Midland Harbour. The harbour is right at the downtown area, so that is very convenient. There are quite a large parking area here (for free) so an ideal place to start the journey through Midland.
SAINT ISAAC JOGUES
Isaac Jogues came to Huronia in 1636 and spent six years there. He helped to build Ste. Marie (1639).
Captured by the Iroquois when returning to Ste. Marie from Quebec (1642) he was tortured and made a slave. He escaped and went to France, but returned the same year to again be missionary to the Iroquois.
SAINT ISAAC JOGUES was martyred at Auriesville N.Y. October 18, 1646 at the age of thirty-nine.
MARTYRS' SHRINE -- A GATHERING PLACE
Martyrs' Shrine has been a gathering place for all of Humanity -- Canadian born Catholics, Immigrant Catholics from the world over, non-Catholic Christians and those of other faiths, young and old alike. Throughout the years, many school children have come to MARTYRS' SHRINE on pilgrimmage with their class.
"The Wye Marsh" mural
This second mural is actually part of three murals next to each other. All three are painted above some shops.
This mural is called 'The Wye Marsh'. It shows a view of the Wye Marsh at sunset, while looking towards the Martyrs' Shrine, which can be seen in the background. The foreground shows two groups of Mallard Ducks. One group is preparing to land in the marsh while the other is passing over the marsh. The Wye Marsh is a local wildlife center dedicated to preserving the marshlands and the wildlife that inhabits it. I've been to Wye Marsh myself, and it is really a nice place to visit! You can read all about it under my 'off the beaten path' tips.
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