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Photo- the gals and a gent on the Carleton Place Chamber of Commerce tour of Carleton Place– come along with us today to see the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers
Have you ever visited the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers company in Carlton Place? It is an amazing place located in the old Canadian Pacific Railway workshop and roundhouse, which was used by the railway from 1890 till 1939. The WoolGrowers Co-operative moved into the building in 1940. They process over three million pounds of wool every year and we should be proud that we as the town of Carleton Place are the only people that process wool in Canada. That’s right-all the wool come here!
For more than 70 years, 142 Franktown Road in Carleton Place has been the go-to place for wool! In 1940 the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited purchased a large, limestone building from the Canadian Pacific Railway.
The quality check man. He is the lone wolf for quality control. Can you imagine examining raw wool all day long?
Right next door is the The Real Wool Shop
Real Wool Shop supplies the discerning consumer with wool related products for men and women of all ages, from wool underwear to sheepskin slippers to coats. Seasonal fashion clothing is also available year round. The yarn department is a treat for all knitters from beginners to experienced.
Wool Shop Contact
Weekdays: 9:30 to 6:00
Today’s photo is of workers taking a break at the CPR Engine Repair Shops. Built in 1890 as a round house and repair shop for the Canadian Pacific Railway, it employed about 200 workers. After operations were moved to Smiths Falls, the building was purchased by the Canadian Cooperative Woolgrowers. Iron tracks from the turntable in the roundhouse were sold as scrap to help the war effort in 1940. Can you help us identify any of these men?–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum
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