The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?



Carleton Place’s first train station was on Mullet Street, which was originally called Napoleon Street years ago. When Napoleon Lavalee bought land where Napoleon Street exists now- the street name changed to Mullet, and Napoleon moved to where it is currently located now, off of Lake Ave West. Lavalee’s white frame home still sits on the corner.

The original Napoleon Street once ended at William Street and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum believes Mullet Street was named after the Mullet Family. If you look at the map closely no one knows what happened to Quarry or Louisa Street. A similar story exists for Elgin Street between Bridge and Victoria Street. These streets just disappeared.


As early as 1860 the C. P. R line from Brockville through Carleton Place to Almonte was open. When King Edward the VII, then Prince of Wales, was touring Canada he made a tedious journey to Almonte by stagecoach. On his return trip he took the train and went through Carleton Place on the way to Brockville.

The original Carleton Place station stood half-way between William Street and Town Line. (It was Town Line then not Townline) Not far from the railway crossing on Town Line was the old Tweedie home, farther west of course was the Dunlop home. Mr. Dunlop was a cabinet maker, and caskets were among the many useful items he made. The original Gillies home was on George Street and was later on occupied by Hattie McDaniel. Not far from Bridge Street were two small frame homes owned by Jake Leslie.


Carol McDonald– Our dad Desmond Moore born in 1921 built the house on the corner of the existing named streets Morphy and Mullet. He used to tell us the field near the tracks where the condos are now , he played ball in often when he was a kid. When we grew up there , the corner was Napoleon St. and Morphy. Then it’s was named Railroad and Morphy. Then it was Mullet and Morphy . So that history is going back many years. The Mullet house , and the Ferrill house were the only houses directly on Mullet St.the years I grew up therre

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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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