Geraldton

Geraldton, Ont, unincorporated place, population 1893 (2011c), 2012 (2006c). Geraldton is situated in northwestern Ontario on the Canadian National Railway, 282 km northeast of Thunder Bay.

Geraldton, Ont, unincorporated place, population 1893 (2011c), 2012 (2006c). Geraldton is situated in northwestern Ontario on the Canadian National Railway, 282 km northeast of Thunder Bay. Established in the early 1930s as a consequence of the Little Long Lac gold rush, the town derived its name from its 2 co-founders, mining entrepreneurs J.S. FitzGerald and Joseph Errington. It was incorporated as a town in 1937.

At the height of the boom in the later 1930s, Geraldton acted as a service centre to a dozen gold-mining camps as well as to the developing pulpwood industry in the area. The major mine was the Macleod-Cockshutt, which in its nearly 30-year existence extracted more than $49 million of gold. Its closure in the late 1960s contributed to the gradual decline in Geraldton's population from a high of 3588 in 1965. In 1998 Geraldton was amalgamated with the town of Longlac and surrounding townships into the town of Greenstone.\