Have You Heard of Stump Lake?

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Baflour’s Bridge is located just a hop skip and a jump on the road between Snow Road and Elphin. It was named after the Balfour’s because it was located on on their property and built close to the year of  1857 before the Crotch lake disaster. In 1929 the bridge collapsed when Willaim Balfour and his steam engine went through the bridge.

Below Balfour’s Bridge lies what is now called Stump Lake. Originally, it was called Smyth’s’s Bay after the Smyth family that lived on the Balfour farm. When the High Falls generating plant was built down the river it caused great flooding. To salvage the trees the local folks were invited to cut down as many trees as they wanted. All winter long when they could get out on the ice they cut so many trees down that all that was left were a mass of stumps peering out of Smyth’s’s Bay.

They say sometime you can hear the lake bottom as it crisps and cracks in the late summer sun, turning to sticky mud as the autumn rains arrive. It’s no surprise that the stumps in The Drowned Lands now belong to the lake now, not the forest.

 

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Photo of Stump Lake- Brent Eades

 

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Photo of Stump Lake- Brent Eades

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News and now in The Townships Sun

The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
20 May 1939, Sat  •  Page 2

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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