Val Jalbert, Québec • Ghost Towns of Canada

Val Jalbert, Québec • Ghost Towns of Canada

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Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series

In 1901, when Damasse Jalbert first laid eyes on a 236-foot waterfall near Lac-St-Jean, he saw more than just sheer beauty. An astute capitalist, Jalbert knew that newspapers everywhere were paying top dollar for pulp and this breathtaking cascade would provide him with the means to produce it. Respected throughout the region for his strong Catholic faith and his fatherly approach to his workers, Jalbert was able to finance the building of the mill and town without ever approaching a bank. He raised $150,000 from area farmers, merchants and professionals.

Though Jalbert would die before the project was complete, graced with his name, Val Jalbert would prosper into the 1920s, a model mill town with all the amenities of larger cities. An eventual shift in the industry, however, would reverse Val Jalbert's fortunes and see the mill close.

This fascinating look at the small Québec paper town chronicles not only its halcyon years, but also the labour-intensive process of harvesting trees, transporting them downriver and eventually converting them to pulp.

Titles included in this series:
Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland
Grosse Île, Québec
Silver Islet, Ontario
Depot Harbour, Ontario
Creighton, Ontario
Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan
Rowley, Alberta
Nordegg, Alberta
Barkerville, British Columbia
Sandon, British Columbia
Ocean Falls, British Columbia
Cassiar, British Columbia

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