Thomas Coltrin Keefer, Joe Beef Market

Release Date: 
7 July 2010 - 8:00am

Montreal - The Historical Society of Pointe-Saint-Charles, in collaboration with The Point St.Charles Community Theatre announces Joe Beef Market, Saturday, September 11, 2010.

This recurring event is to commemorate various events in the history of Point St. Charles and revive the San Gabriel market. The latter, created in 1862 following a citizen petition, was on the current location of the park Joe Beef Street Centre Street, between Richmond and Montmorency. It also moved its premises as the first fire station in the neighborhood in 1867.

Thanks to the magic of theater you will have the opportunity to meet this year an important figure in the history of the neighborhood, the engineer Thomas Coltrin Keefer. In many respects, the fate of this remarkable man is connected to the history of the borough of South-West. It is thanks to its recommendations was chosen location of the Victoria Bridge. It was him were entrusted the design plans of this aqueduct of Montreal, studies and plans for the construction of a dam that ended up getting the recurrent floods of Point St. Charles and surrounding neighborhoods. In his writings, Keefer has strongly emphasized the importance of transportation, canals and railways in the country's development. Until the end of his long life he has worked to recognize the engineering profession and improve training. Good reasons for that has recently named a street in the neighborhood.

The machine will go back in time to revive once more Charles McKiernan (aka Joe Beef, 1835-1889), famous Montreal innkeeper of the second half of the nineteenth century. Several information booths will learn about a period in our history often neglected in our textbooks. The invitation is for organizations, artisans and merchants to come on site to present their products and services. The cost of renting a booth, including a table and two chairs, was fixed at $ 25.00. Exhibitors and market customers are invited to wear period costumes, although it is in no condition to participate in a al'événement.

The market will be open from 10 to 16 hours this year in case of heavy rain, it will be held in the basement of Holy Trinity Polish Church, across the street from the Centre. To reserve a booth or for more information about this memorial market, you may contact the Society at the following address: or by telephone: 514-932-5610