St. Thomas, Ontario

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Template:Canadian City St. Thomas is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada.

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History

The city, located at the intersection of two historical roads, was first settled in 1810. It was named the seat of the new Elgin County in 1844 and was incorporated as a village in 1852, as a town in 1861, and as a city in 1881.

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Jumbo statue

In the late 19th century and early 20th century several railways were constructed through the city, and St. Thomas became an important railway junction. A total of 26 railways have passed through the city since the first railway was completed in 1856. It has earned the title of the Railway Capital of Canada. In the 1950s and 1960s, with the decline of the railway as a mode of transportation, other industry began to locate in the city, principally primary and secondary automotive manufacturing. Jumbo (the elephant) died here on September 15, 1885 when a train crashed into him. There is a commemorative statue remaining that was erected in 1985, for the centennial of Jumbo's demise.

The city was named after Thomas Talbot who helped promote the development of this region during the early 19th century.

Mayors

Jeff Kohler is the current mayor of St. Thomas. He was elected in the 2003 municipal elections.

See also: List of mayors of St. Thomas, Ontario, St. Thomas City Council

Demographics

Education

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Circus mural with Jumbo

Fanshawe College has a campus in St. Thomas. Catholic schools are controlled by the London District Catholic School Board and public schools are controlled by the Thames Valley District School Board.

School name Type Grades № students
Arthur Voaden S.S. public 9–12 670
Balaclava St. P.S. public JK–8 200
Central Elgin Collegiate Institute public 9–12 765
Edward St. P.S. public JK–6 152
Elgin Court P.S. public JK–6 413
Elmdale P.S. public JK–6 135
Fanshawe College
Forest Park P.S. public JK–6 472
Homedale P.S. public 7–8 446
Locke's P.S. public JK–8 453
Monsignor Morrison Catholic JK–8 480
Myrtle St. P.S. public JK–6 211
New Sarum P.S. public JK–8 453
Parkside Collegiate Institute public 9–12 940
St. Gabriel's Catholic School Catholic K–3
St. Joseph's High School Catholic 9–12
St. Raphael's Catholic School Catholic 4–8 305
Scott St. P.S. public JK–8 236
Southwold P.S. public JK–8 626
Wellington St. P.S. public K–6 300

Media

St. Thomas has several media outlets based in the city. The St. Thomas Times-Journal is the city's newspaper and part of Bowes Publishers Limited. Rogers Cable Inc. has a local cable television channel, Cable 13 (http://www.rogerstelevision.com/option.asp?lid=14&rid=26), located near city hall. A low-power FM radio station — VF8016, 90.1 MHz — broadcasts religious activities from Faith Baptist Church of St. Thomas.

Notable residents

External links

Northwest: Talbotville, Highway 401, Delaware, Mount Brydges North: Belmont, Lambeth, London Northeast: Mapleton, Lyons, Springfield, Tillsonburg
West: Lynhurst, Shedden, Iona Station, Thames River, Munsee-Delaware Nation 1 St. Thomas East: St. Thomas Airport, New Sarum, Orwell, Aylmer, Summers Corners
Southwest: Fingal, Iona, John E. Pearce Provincial Park, Dutton, West Lorne, Rodney South: Union, Port Stanley, Lake Erie Southeast: Sparta, Port Bruce, Copenhagen, Port Burwell
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