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                                   Birth of Petrolia
Petrolia, originally called Petrolea, was little more than a
stagecoach stop a few miles north of Oil Spring.
Then Captain Bernard King struck a very large oil well in
1865 and soon Petrolia replaced Oil Springs as Canada’s oil
capital.
Oil prices were up to $10.00 a barrel (worth about $140.00
today), enough to make many Petrolians very wealthy.The settlement grew quickly and was incorporated as a village
in 1866. In the same year, a group of oilmen raised the funds
to build a railway to Wyoming to ship the oil barrels faster.
There were taverns, stables, hotels, stores, factories, rooming
houses, slaughter houses and refineries built so close to each
other with no building or fire codes. The streets were
crowded with wooden wagons carrying crude oil and men
walking around in oil-soaked clothes. After two major fires
in 1867, fire departments were built at opposite ends of the
town. The firemen were paid by the fire so they often raced
to the fires and then fought to decide who got to handle the
fire. By 1872 Petrolia was booming in more ways than one.
Nitroglycereine was used to “torpedo” the oil wells. Almost
every nitroglycerine factory in Petrolia blew up at least once.
It was decided to move the nitro factories beyond the town’s
boundaries to prevent nitro delivery wagons from using
Petrolia’s bumpy streets as a shortcut to the oil fields.

Soon there were newspapers in addition to several oil
refineries and oil-related businesses. New laws forced
builders to use fire resistant materials like brick and stone,
and Petrolia became known for its beautiful Victorian brick
architecture. Everything from mansions to churches to an
opera house were constructed. Petrolia, within 50 years,
became a place to enjoy life rather than simply a place to
make a quick fortune.

Travel with Jake, Jo and Chopper back to the war of 1812! Laura Secord has just discovered that the Americans are about to invade Beaver Dams! She must get to Lieutenant Fitzgibbons and warn him! But someone is trying to stop her! It’s the great Klutzini, master of disguise. It is up to the Chugger Mugger Mystery Team to help her or history will be changed forever!

The Budzinski brothers, Bud, Bob, Bill and Bernie had a very special poppy made in their honour, the Bronze Poppy and it has just been stolen from the Maple Leaf Museum. It is up to the Chugger Mugger Mystery Team to find the Bronze Poppy and figure out who stole it.

Jacques Cartier’s famous Crystal Canoe has been stolen! The Chugger Mugger Mystery Team must try to find the national treasure!

In this Chugger Mugger mystery, Josephine, Jake, and Chopper, travel back in time to the year 1921.The Canadian fishing and racing schooner, The Bluenose, is about to be launched in Halifax, Nova Scotia.These three experience the sights of the
Great Canadian Race before they realize Fineus Fitch plans to blow up The Bluenose. It is up to the Chugger Mugger Mystery Team to save the famous schooner
from a Fineus Flitch Bomb.

Billy the Barrel used his famous Golden Lantern to help many slaves through the underground railroad, and into Canada where freedom awaited them. The famous lantern has just been stolen from the Maple Leaf museum and it is up to the Chugger Mugger Mystery Team to find the Golden Lantern!

Billy the Barrel used his famous Golden Lantern to help many slaves through the underground railroad, and into Canada where freedom awaited them. The famous lantern has just been stolen from the Maple Leaf museum and it is up to the Chugger Mugger Mystery Team to find the Golden Lantern!

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