Things That Disappear in Carleton Place — Elgin Street and The Queen’s Hotel Sign


Elgin Street?



This morning at about 7 am I found a two page spread about Carleton Place written in 1887 by a Toronto newspaper. It had many illustrations of local architecture and things I had no clue about. It also solved some other mysteries for me–but that’s another story. The Golden Lion was at Bridge and Elgin Street? Where is Elgin Street? When Ted Hurdis doesn’t know, you call in the big guns. Jennfier Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum showed me on the Main Street Map in the Museum where it was.


It was a short street that ended at Victoria Street and it disappeared somewhere in the 40’s. When the obituaries stop quoting a street, you know it’s gone. So which building was the Golden Lion in? That would be the building that is home to Body Graphics Tattoo at 120 Bridge Street. Emily Street was named for Emily Code (1860 – ), daughter of Abraham Code, Textile Manufacturer, M.L.A. Formerly “Elgin” Street between Bridge and Victoria Streets, changed in 1950.


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The Queen’s Hotel Sign?

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Photo–Shane Wm Edwards   #MainStreetCarletonPlace in 2004….

Someone asked me where the sign went for the Queen’s Hotel in Carleton Place. Did you know the Mississippi Hotel had one too? Jennifer Fenwick Irwin told me the sign had been put in storage somewhere on Industrial Avenue and like the skids of stone from the Findlay House on High Street— that too has disappeared.


UPDATE: Friday July 10, 2015.


Volundur Wally Thorbjornsson emailed me last night and said:

“It’s no secret,  you can add it to your story if you want. I was so surprised how long it sat with no one interested in owning it, truly a piece of Carleton Place. 
I took it down and Trevor MaCnamee ended up with it. It’s installed at his barn/man cave”. 

Thanks Wally!


Like the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald we can’t our pieces of history disappear. We need to keep tabs on them and make sure they are in good hands.

Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Thanks Amy Chamney for tagging me on this.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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