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Cochrane history: The courthouse

Cochrane history time again, and a building that’s always stood watch over Fourth Avenue. Well, not exactly always.

As public library archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore tells us,  the courthouse  burned down in the 1916 fire, and was rebuilt in 1922.

“The courthouse became used for the entire Cochrane district in 1923 and has had many high-profile cases go through it,” she adds. “It is currently going through the heritage status designation process, to preserve it for future generations. The outside has received refurbishing but for the most part it is intact with original features. In the summer people often pick the crab apples off  the trees on the front lawn.”

Our usual thanks to the library for access to its archives.

One of few things left standing after the 1916 fire was the chimney of the courthouse and jail.


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