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Tomiko, Ontario: Canadian History in Vintage Postcards

Enjoy these vintage Canadian postcards of the ghost town of Tomiko, Ontario. These old postcards highlight the history of towns and townships in the greater Lake Nipissing and Lake Temagami areas of Northern Ontario, Canada and including the Nipissing District and portions of the Parry Sound district which are in the “Blue Sky Region.” These Canadian postcards are shown in digital museum format for educational purposes. If you have images or historical information which you’d like to share with our digital, virtual museum, feel free to do so.

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Tomiko: Located in the Nipissing District, Tomiko began in 1905 as a section village along the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway (T & NR) (later the Ontario Northland Railway, or ONR). The town had a promising start: In 1906, there were 354 residents, a post office, and a Baptist church. Ultimately, Tomiko had about 24 homes, two stores and two bunkhouses. But by 1921, one store and the church had closed. The population gradually dwindled. By the late 1960s, only a handful of residents remained. By 1971, Tomiko had been completely abandoned. Three original homes and the railway station still exist, with the station seeing occasional use for railroad purposes.

Tomiko, Train Station

Here’s a scarce 1911 postcard of the T. & N. O. (Temiskaming and Northern Ontario) train station in Tomiko (left). A team of horses is to the right of the modest one-story frame building, in front of which are about four men apparently waiting for the train. The mail hook can be seen on the building, and a water tower is to the right. The sender wrote: “This is a photo of our station up here. Isn’t it a dandy?” It was sent to Mrs. Arthur Canning of Severn Bridge and bears DPO (dead post office) cancels from both Tomiko and Severn Bridge. The postcard was published by H. L. Holstein of Tomiko. To the right, one sees a postcard showing Ferguson Highway traffic, camping and a bridge at Tomiko. Shea’s gas station and convenience store, located next to the Tomiko River Roadside Park on Highway 11, is seen below.

Ferguson Highway Traffic and Camping at Tomiko, Ontario
 
Tomiko, Shea's Gas Station, 1960s  
 
 
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