Down by the Old Pike Hole–The Island Bridges of Carleton Place- Before and After

Down by the Old Pike Hole–The Island Bridges of Carleton Place- Before and After



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Ruby Featherstone, Gillies Bridge–Back Bridge 1906 Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 18 Oct 1907, Fri,
  3. Page 10


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Gillies/Muirhead girls at Gillies Bridge-Back Bridge 1906 Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum



Back Bridge 1906 Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museumwatercp


Sunday, October 21, 1928-Photo From the Millie Aitkenhead collection


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Here’s a photo from the same era, taken below the “ Pike Hole “ . Austin Lloyd with his brother Llew Lloyd standing behind him with his hands on his shoulders. Don’t know the names of the other two men.
Back Bridge 1906 Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Back Bridge Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Back Bridge Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Kenneth Jackson– That bridge was replaced when Mr.McCalls dump truck loaded with gravel went through it.That part of the river and rock by the island water used to be called The Pike Hole with real good fishing untill they built the new dam with no fish ladders in it.–

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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  1. We still called it the pike hole but I always wondered why. It is all rocks and the pike in the mississippi are grass pike and are usually in the lake where the weeds are. I wonder if the name has anything to do with the poles / pikes that the loggers used. In all my years of fishing there I never saw a pike caught. I don’t suppose most people in town now would know about the pike hole anymore.

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