The Disappearing Street Signs of Carleton Place





A few Carleton Place folks called it the “Great Canadian Cover Up” in the 60s. Of course some say if you live with things long enough you just get used to it. Today if you asked the average resident where the location of Elgin Street or Little Napoleon Street was they wouldn’t know. A few years ago I finally found out the story of what happened to Elgin Street, and according to town officials those Carleton Place Streets just do not exist anymore.

Forgotten streets once existed, and they are now gone and really —that is the least of the town’s worries. But, did you know that in 1969 80% of the local streets had no signs? Former mayor Arnold Julian assured his constituents that most of the street signs were once there, but they had gained wear from too many years and fallen off.  Things were getting so testy about the subject that the man in charge of signs, traffic and a lot of whatever, Ted Tromanhauser, refused to comment on the subject.

As the townsfolk began to repeatedly call the town hall on the subject Mayor Julian decided that in the summer of 1969 things would change. New signs would be ordered, and instead of nailing them to corner houses they would think hard about mounting them on pole mounted signs.

As for what happened to some of those streets like Elgin and Little Napoleon Street they never really did vanish- they just went incognito under another name. Heck, someone just decided to change the name, and really, you can always change the name, or paint over it, but history always remains the same.

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Sign, sign



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (US


The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?


The Woman Who Got the Dead End Sign Removed in Carleton Place

Things That Disappear in Carleton Place — Elgin Street and The Queen’s Hotel Sign

The Name Game– Changing Almonte Street Names


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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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