The Floating Bridge of Carleton Place — Found!


In May I wrote about The Floating Bridges of Lanark County and many people argued the location could not be at the end of Flora Street near the old McRostie farm. It had become a real head scratcher as they say. claytonlk Yesterday, Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from our Museum gave me a small booklet with only 6 pages in it called: Bridge Street Business Places from the early 1900’s. It was 6 pages of every business that had been located on Bridge Street from one end to the other done by local resident Lloyd Hughes. When he wrote all this information for the town in 1982 he was almost 100 years-old.

Janice Tennant Campbell told me on Facebook Lloyd had been their neighbour. He and his wife Jean operated the “Hughes” corner store on Moffatt Street. Lloyd’s brother also had a store on Lake Avenue West. Ted Hurdis said Harold Hughes, Lloyd’s brother, had his general store where the bakery is now on Lake Ave West. It was a great spot– everyone had a “tab” and they would go in and say, “Harold, just put that on moms tab”. It worked great until Ted’s sister, Nedda, started charging cigarettes–that was the end of that. float3 On the very last page there was an entry that made me get soooo excited. (Seem to be doing that a lot these days) “There was also a foot bridge from Flora Street to the Hawthorne Woolen Mill. Also a W.A. Nichols saw mill at the foot of Flora Street.” bridgeflo So now we know for sure that was the location of the bridge. Imagine if some scuba diver did some sort of a dig in that area. With people going across constantly there has got to be some finds in that location. I can’t even fathom what fell or was dropped from that crude bridge– Just saying– not trying to cause trouble.:)

Amanda Armstrong said on Facebook: Wood from that bridge can still be found in the water behind my Nan’s. A lot of it floated down that way. I often wondered what else may have fallen from there.
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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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  1. My father, Norman Clark helped in the building of Lloyd Hughes store on Moffat Street. If was the first stackwall building that I had ever seen or even heard of. I don’t know whether Dad or Lloyd conceived this idea, or how they received knowledge of this type of construction (there was no internet then-early 50s). It seems to me that it involved a lot of lime in the mortar.

    Moffat St has another interest to me as my Mother (Evelyn Mallindine at the time; later adopted, Bennett) was born in a house on Moffat but so far haven’t been able to locate the address.

    Of interest also, is the fact that Dad tore down the Hoople house on Bridge St., must have been around 1955. I was helping on occasion but I know there were some of his work buddies involved.


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