Amazing Hotel Rideau Photos



Photo– Smiths Falls, Hotel Rideau 1910

July 1904- Perth Courier

“Some one robbed the clothes lines at the- Hotel Rideau, Smith’s Falls. Staff has been organized to search for it”.

Say what? Search for a rope? So indoing more research on the Smiths Falls clothesline incident I came across this site.

It is truly an amazing site of mind blowing photographs- I tried to contact the author Jim Lowe but the email link was not working. I was gobsmacked at the photos. PLEASE GO TO HIS SITE AND SEE THE WONDERFUL ROAD TRIP PHOTOS.

“The LOW family has always been an adventurous sort.  While in 2008 a trip from Ottawa to Buffalo could easily be done in a day, a century ago, this was a true adventure.  James Low, then age 47, along with his three oldest sons, John Edward Low 19, James Low Jr 18 and William Wilson Low 15 travelled from Ottawa to Niagara Falls and Buffalo by car, steamer, and train”.


Smiths Falls, Hotel Rideau–Photo from The King’s Highway.

The Journey of the LOW Family
from Ottawa to Niagara Falls and Buffalo
during the summer of
1908–By James William Alexander Low– amazing pictures



Standing in front of the Smiths Falls, Hotel Rideau–Photo from The King’s Highway.

The Journey of the LOW Family
from Ottawa to Niagara Falls and Buffalo
during the summer of
1908–By James William Alexander Low– amazing pictures

Read the Perth Courier here at Archives Lanark


Sam of the Russell Hotel in Smiths Falls


The Rideau Hotel, built by Charles O’Reilly in 1901, as photographed circa 1910 with an automobile taxi, horse drawn and horseless hotel busses out front preparing to drive to the CPR station to pick up travellers. This photo is taken from the publication, Smiths Falls A Social History of the Men and Women in a Rideau Canal Community, 1794 -1994, by Glenn J. Lockwood.



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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