Prisoners of War – Work Camp
During the Second World War, prisoners of war from Camp 23 at Monteith, Ontario were brought to the Smooth Rock Falls area (Jacksonboro). These prisoners would be put to work on labour projects in the bush camps up the Mattagami River. At times there were 60-100 P.O.W.s housed at Jacksonboro and in Abitibi’s various bush camps. In the spring, once the river opened and after the ‘river drive’, they would be sent back to Monteith. Unfortunately, there is no longer any trace of buildings at Jacksonboro, which is located a few miles south of Smooth Rock Falls by river or by road.