We’ve Got the Power! Past and Present!




Dr. A.A. Metcalfe-Almonte Hydro

In 1890 Dr. A.A. Metcalfe and his brothers, James and Robert, built the first hydroelectric generating plant in Almonte.  For the next ten years they operated as the Almonte Electric Light Company and sold the power that they generated.  Mississippi River Power Corp- read the rest here


Clean hydroelectric plants are meant to help the world fight global warming. But what happens when climate change clouds hydro’s own future? In some areas, climate change could really compromise the practicability of using hydropower as an energy source–it’s not a question of an apocalyptic, rivers-are-running-dry scenario, but the tradeoffs with other demands for water could call many projects into question.

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Photo Linda Seccaspina-2015


Photo Linda Seccaspina 2016



Photo Linda Seccaspina-2011



Photo Linda Seccaspina-2016



Carleton Place Hydro Plant- no longer in existance


Same spot on the other side of the river-Photo Linda Seccaspina-2013



Mississippi River at Appleton before the dam- North Lanark Regional Museum


Photo Linda Seccaspina-2015

Related reading

So What Happened Down at the Power Plant One Dark and Stormy Night?

The Day the Hypnotist Came to Carleton Place

I’ve got the Power- H. Brown & Son

And the Power Went Out — A Vintage Flashback

The Power of the Mississippi River Dam in Carleton Place

I am NO Laura Ingalls Wilder — The Power is Out!

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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