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

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

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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