|Located in||Québec, Canada (1855 - )|
Argenteuil was an historical county in the province of Québec. The county of Argenteuil was formed in 1855.
- "ARGENTEUIL, a county of Quebec, situated in that part of the Province which comprises the Lower Ottawa valley. Area 467,116 acres. The Ottawa River washes about 30 miles of its border, and forms its southern boundary. It is watered by the Rouge and North Rivers, and several smaller streams. On the east and north it is bounded by the counties of Two Mountains, Terreboune and Montcalm; and on the west by Ottawa county. The famous Laurentian mountain range traverses the heart of the county from east to west, and the rich mineral deposits of this range assure a future of great prosperity and wealth to the fortunate possessor of lands in the neighborhood. The county was, at the last census, inhabited by a population of something over 15,158. Fully two-thirds of these are English-speaking persons, settlers and descendants of settlers from Great Britain and Ireland; about a third of the people are French-Canadians. The county is rich in pasture lands, and is well adapted for dairy operations. Possibly the time is not distant when its immense water power and its mineral deposits will be more fully developed. In the present an industrious settler can derive a very comfortable subsistence from the pursuit of agriculture or dairy farming; most of the people are in comfortable circumstances, while not a few of the older farmers are undoubtedly men of wealth. The county is reached from Montreal (in the summer months) by the steamers plying on the Ottawa River, the point of debarkation being Carillon, in St. Andrews parish, and the foot of the rapids, which are overcome by those costly public works, the Grenville and Carillon canals. Since the line of the C, P. R. has traversed the county, Argenteuil has enjoyed communication with Montreal and Ottawa by several trains each way daily. Chief town, Lachute. Pop. over 15,158."
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Source:Thomas, Cyrus. History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Que., and Prescott, Ont.
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