Transcript: Name That Town: Thunder Bay | Nov 14, 2018

(music plays)

The name of the show reads "Name that town."

The announcer says NAME THAT TOWN.

A map of Ontario shows the location of Thunder Bay and a caption that reads "How Thunder Bay got its name."

The announcer says HERE'S HOW THUNDER BAY
GOT ITS NAME.
(THUNDER CLAPPING)
TODAY, THUNDER BAY IS A CITY
OF ABOUT 108,000 PEOPLE
ON THE NORTH SHORE OF
LAKE SUPERIOR.
WHEN EUROPEANS ARRIVED IN THE
REGION IN THE 17TH CENTURY,
THE LOCAL INDIGENOUS
INHABITANTS CALLED THE PLACE
ANEMKI, WHICH TRANSLATES
TO "THUNDER."
(THUNDER CLAPPING)

The announcer says THE SPOT BECAME A KEY POINT
FOR THE FUR TRADE.
SOME FRENCH COUREUR DES BOIS
CALLED THE WATERS THEIR,
"BAIE DU TONNERRE,"
OR "THUNDER BAY."
BY THE MID 20TH CENTURY,
THE AREA HAD BECOME THE
ECONOMIC HUB
OF ONTARIO'S NORTH/WEST.
IT WAS A KEY SHIPPING ROUTE,
PARTICULARLY FOR GRAIN,
THANKS TO ITS POSITION ON
LAKE SUPERIOR.
WHICH IS WHY THE PLACE WAS
OFTEN REFERRED TO AS
"THE LAKEHEAD."
BUT WHAT IS NOW THUNDER BAY
WAS TWO DISTINCT CITIES.
FORT WILLIAM AND PORT ARTHUR.
AMALGAMATING THE TWO NEARBY
TOWNS WAS DISCUSSED
AT LEAST AS EARLY AS 1910.
SOME NAMES APPARENTLY
BANDIED ABOUT
IN THOSE EARLY DAYS
INCLUDED LAKEPORT,
PORT FORT, GRAINOPOLIS,
AND YES,
THUNDER BAY.
BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL 1969 THAT
IT WAS FINALLY DECIDED
THAT THE TWO COMMUNITIES
SHOULD BECOME ONE.
WHAT WOULD THIS
NEW CITY BE CALLED?
THUNDER BAY HAD
HISTORICAL CACHE,
BUT MOST PEOPLE WERE PARTIAL
TO EITHER LAKEHEAD,
OR THE LAKEHEAD.
WHEN A REFERENDUM WAS HELD,
THREE NAMES WERE
PUT ON THE BALLOT,
LAKEHEAD, THE LAKEHEAD,
AND THUNDER BAY.
GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?
THE FINAL VOTE COUNT:
THUNDER BAY CAME IN FIRST,
LAKEHEAD CAME IN A VERY
CLOSE SECOND,
AND THE LAKEHEAD CAME IN THIRD.
YEP, LAKEHEAD AND THE LAKEHEAD
ARE BASICALLY THE SAME NAME,
SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT
THESE NUMBERS...
TOTAL VOTE SPLIT.
THUNDER BAY SQUEAKED THROUGH TO
WIN WITH A 1.4 PERCENT MARGIN.
OH WELL, IT'S PROBABLY BETTER
THAN "GRAINOPOLIS."

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