Realizing How High the Mississippi River once Roared

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Photo kindly shared by the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

The Mississippi river used to be a lot higher in years gone by. It was once a very important part of the Mississippi River system. There were the lumbering days of the 1800s, the steamboats carrying freight and running regular pleasure trips. At one time there were plans to build locks at Ferguson Falls and Innisville, but that dream never materialized.

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Remember that the McArthur Mill did not have a basement for a long time as they used this same river to wash the wool directly in the water that flowed under the mill. Did you know at one point over 3000 finished yards of fabric came out of the mill a week?

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I have written a few times about the river flowing next to the Gillies Mill. At one point they made a man made channel for the river to follow right up against the building and by Bill Bagg’s which was the Blacksmith’s shop.(had not been built in 1879 when this illustration was done)

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There were originally three bridges as you can read here. But, it wasn’t until I saw this picture this week that I fully realize how mighty the Mississippi River once roared.

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Same view as illustration and you can see how out of whack the sizing is in the illustration:)

 

Related reading

Take Me Where the Mississippi River Once Flowed– The Hidden Mill River

Channeling John Gillies

The River Dance of the McArthur Mill in Carleton Place

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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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