The Silver Mountain and Area Historical Society (SMHS) was founded in October 2012. We are a non-profit organization committed to preserving the history of the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway, the Silver Mountain Station and the surrounding area.
The original idea of the Silver Mountain and Area Historical Society was proposed by area resident and businesswoman Shelley Simon as a way to foster the history of Silver Mountain. It became apparent however, that there were places beyond Silver Mountain that shared its common past. Shelley’s vision became intertwined with those of local historian Dave Battistel, who had spent years researching and attempting to preserve what remained of the Port Arthur, Duluth & Western-Pee Dee-Railway. They decided to combine their efforts and create an organization that would serve an area bereft of any historical stewardship. Thus the Silver Mountain and Area Historical Society was born.
Our mandate includes the promotion of the railway, as well as the preservation of the remaining physical traces of the line and structures. We are also interested in the cultural and economic history of the area, such as settlements, mining and logging.
The SMHS is governed by an elected board of directors and is affiliated with the Ontario Historical Society (OHS). We are headquartered out of the historic Silver Mountain Station, which was built in 1907 and is the last remaining station on the PAD&W line.