Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge


Last night Kenneth Jackson told me on Facebook that there was a livery stable on Beckwith Street near the church parking lot. (St. Andrews) That reminded me of the find that Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum told me about a few weeks ago. Take a look at this map.


Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum-This map dates to 1868 with updates in red done in 1873. Rochester Street didn’t exist in 1868 “This has become the division line by length of occupation”. The name Rochester is penciled in red in the 1873 update along with “this part of Street laid out by third parties”.

Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum  The stream crossing under 12 Con. (now Lake Avenue East) had A BRIDGE! (at the corner of Beckwith Street). This stream still runs, mostly underground, but is visible in backyards along Argyle Street, and then again along Sussex Avenue.


This stream is why my home was named Springside Hall as the stream still runs under it (ask me about he basement floods in the very beginning) and down the hill  to a small stone pond at the bottom of my backyard (that someone needs to dig out before it’s lost forever) and then it runs into Argyle/ Lisgar Street.


Bottom of Lisgar/Argyle Street


Lake Ave East–Bridge was likely just over where the CPR tracks once were.

Did you know that the stream was once well used? Carleton Place resident Carman Lalonde told me that the sawmill that was on the southeast corner of Lake Avenue and Moore Streets used the stream, which used to be much wider, to clean things free from sawdust.

That sawmill was originally the site of W.A. Nichols’ Sons Lumber, and it became W & S Building Supplies around 1948.(Waugh and Snedden) Today is is known as Mac’s Milk, which remains on the site today (as simply Mac’s) was built in 1988.


Related Reading:

Where Was One of the Open Air Rinks in Carleton Place?

The Morphy Cram House — Springside Hall

Winter —Rochester Street Looking North– Before and After


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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