South Porcupine

On 11 July 1911, however, the town was destroyed by fire and Noah TIMMINS, owner of the Hollinger mine, established a new town site, also on the railway, that was closer to his own property.

South Porcupine Fire
A forest fire swept into the Ontario town 11 July 1911, killed about 50 people and burned the town to the ground (courtesy Peters Collection, Timmins Mining Museum).

South Porcupine

 South Porcupine, Ont, one of 5 wards of the city of TIMMINS. South Porcupine is located about 290 km northwest of Sudbury. Although traces of gold in the Porcupine district had been discovered earlier, serious prospecting began 1906 and culminated in the rush of 1909. South Porcupine, inc 1911, and named for an island in a local river reportedly shaped like the animal, stood on the south shore of Porcupine Lake at a point intersecting a branch line of the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway, then under construction. This position, along with the town's accessibility to a major producer, Dome mine, gave it an initial advantage over rivals such as Golden City.

On 11 July 1911, however, the town was destroyed by fire and Noah TIMMINS, owner of the Hollinger mine, established a new town site, also on the railway, that was closer to his own property. Though rebuilt, South Porcupine lost its advantage and thereafter Timmins emerged as the chief urban centre, as acknowledged by the town's 1973 incorporation into Timmins.