The Lost Carleton Place Businesses — Where Bridge Street Has No Names


Chances are if you have walked down Bridge Street to the bridge, you will notice that there is a parking lot there. What was there before? There are a great many debates among those who remember, and those who do not. The Okilman fire destroyed a building and some just disappeared like Elgin Street in Carleton Place.


Lloyd Hughes wrote a detailed list of the businesses on Bridge Street that is at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. It can be viewed if you call the Museum and make an appointment. Lloyd was almost 100 when he wrote it in 1982, and it is because of him we now have verification of the floating bridge in Carleton Place.



Joann Voyce commented on one of the blog about The Queen’s Hotel roof blowing off.
“If you look to the right in this photo you can see Okilman’s Store right beside Patterson’s Store.”

The original architecture now stops after the McPherson house.


So here is a list of businesses that once filled up the empty space where the Moore House sits now— right down to the corner of Allan Street.(Queen’s Hotel)


Bridge Street from Patterson’s to Allan Street

Patterson’s & Sons Funeral Directors & Furniture

Johnson’s Theatre- 5 cents admission

Okilman’s second store (first one was on the corner of Bridge and High Street)

McPherson’s residence

Dr. Winter’s Dentist

Mr. Golden Jeweler (John Bennett Electric Shop)

Stanzel’s Millinery Shop

Morbic Dry Goods

Dr. MEwen Jr. MD

H. McNeely Barber-also William Menzie, Ross McFarlane

Woodcock’s Bakery. Mr. White sold bread and cookies.

Comment:Kevin Kennedy said: No one mentioned Moscovitches Clothing Store next to McNeelys Barber Shop– it was there in the 60s and 70s maybe the 80s

Files from the Carleton Place Canadian and photos.. all from The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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

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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