Friday, July 4, 2014

St. Thomas, Ontario day trip

Our day trip to St. Thomas, Ontario to see Jumbo The Elephant Monument and Elgin County Railway Museum 



                           Jumbo The Elephant Monument

                                                          address- 76 Talbot Street
                                                                         St. Thomas, ON

Jumbo, “The King of Elephants” was tragically killed when he was struck by a Grand Trunk Locomotive in St. Thomas Ontario, on September 15th, 1885. In 1985 on the 100th anniversary of Jumbo’s death, the City of St. Thomas dedicated a 38 ton statue as a tribute to the most famous elephant who ever lived.











                              We had a guided tour and this was fun to do with the family.


 Once in St. Thomas, you will find the Museum at 225 Wellington Street, between Ross Street and First Avenue. We’re the big red building behind Lyle Cook Automotive. 

   The railway has been a part of St. Thomas since 1856 with the completion of the London and Port Stanley Railway.  Since then a total of 26 railways have passed through town making St. Thomas what is now known as the 'Railway Capital of Canada'.

The Elgin County Railway Museum was created in 1988 as a registered non-profit charity for the purpose of preserving and restoring the railway heritage of St. Thomas and surrounding area.  The knowledgeable base of volunteers are dedicated to keeping alive the memory of the railway which put St. Thomas on the map.
Our extensive collection includes some real gems including an electric interurban, a Pullman Sleeper and even a Jordan Spreader and more precious pieces of Canada's railway history.



































Goderich Day Trip

We went on a day trip to Goderich Ontario and we checked out Huron Historic Gaol 
which served as the County Jail from its opening in 1841 until 1972 when all inmates were transferred to regional facilities. Also we walked along the Menesetung Bridge


                                                  Our drive was a mixture of sun and rain 

We went out to eat when we got to Goderich and we sometimes like to check out 
Restaurants
and we ate at 

West Street Willy's Eatery

 which was also on

It was a very nice lunch and service and the location has a lot of shopping if you wanted to







Now to the  Huron Historic Gaol  County Jail

This was very interesting to walk through and they let you use an audio guide as you press in numbers that were on items through out the jail to hear more information. We all enjoyed this























Now to the Menesetung Bridge

 

Formerly built as the C.P.R. railway bridge in 1907, it was at the time of its construction, the longest railway bridge in Ontario. The rail line between Guelph and Goderich was abandoned in 1989 and converted to a walking trail in 1992.  The bridge offers fantastic and unique views of the Goderich Harbour, Lake Huron and the Maitland River Flats.
















 Rotary Cove Beach