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John Poor account of trip to Montreal, 1845

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John Poor account of trip to Montreal, 1845 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 8, page 232.

In the winter of 1845, Canada was planning a railroad to connect Montreal with the Atlantic seacoast.

It looked as though the Board of Trade in Montreal had decided upon Boston as the destination port for the proposed railroad.

John Alfred Poor, determined to bring the rail line to Portland instead, embarked on a trip to Montreal to petition the board to select Portland.

In this memorandum, Poor recounts the daring sleigh ride he made through a fierce blizzard to make it to the meeting. Poor's effort paid off and he succeeded in securing Portland as the railroad's destination port.

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