Salter's Meridian 1856

While laying out a meridian line (a north-south survey line) in 1856, provincial land surveyor Albert Salter observed severe compass needle deflections some five kilometres north of here. Alexander Murray, assistant provincial geologist, examined the area and reported "the presence of an immense mass of magnetic trap". Analysis of rock samples revealed nickel, copper and iron. This was the first indication of the Sudbury region's mineral wealth, but it aroused no interest at the time because the site was so remote. In 1886, prospector Henry Ranger rediscovered the deposit, and, in 1900, the Canadian Copper Company (later International Nickel) began working the claim. It became the Creighton Mine, one of the world's leading nickel producers.


Regional Road 55, near the site of the meridian line, Naughton - about 17 km southwest of Sudbury

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: City of Greater Sudbury (District)

Municipality: City of Greater Sudbury