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EPISODE | 4x09

Huntingdon, Que.

It’s been 11 years since Huntingdon’s main employers delivered their staff pink slips and shut their doors. The economic earthquake that followed was devastating. Though the community continues to struggle, there’s hope that this old textile town can reinvent itself.

5 facts about Huntingdon

  • Population: 2,525
  • This border town is located just a stone’s throw away from the New York State border.
  • In 1928, the impressive Chateau hotel was built. The U.S., whose border was only 12 miles away, was in the throes of prohibition. Al Capone is rumoured to have owned the Chateau’s penthouse with private access to the basement, where he may have directed a substantial operation to smuggle booze to the U.S. through underground tunnels.
  • In 2005, an economic earthquake hit Huntingdon, Que., with the closure of its two textile giants: Cleyn & Tinker and Huntingdon Mills
  • Cleyn & Tinker was the largest worsted wool manufacturing plant in Canada, producing the worsted wool that was used to make RCMP coats, material for firefighting, airlines, and Canadian Forces uniforms.