Primitive Bridges –Where was this Bridge?

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Primitive Bridges –Where was this Bridge?
Photo Jay Playfair album thanks to Laurie Yuill
Photo Jay Playfair album thanks to Laurie Yuill

This was from Jay Playfair’s photo album and it should be in Lanark County in the Middleville, Lanark, Playfair area. I am hoping someone will know where this primitive bridge is.

Gloria Currie

The original road into Lanark from Watson’s Corners is now the unused Concession 1 Dalhousie road that goes off to the right just before the top of Connors Hill on County Rd. 8. That road would have had to cross the Clyde River at some point so that might have been the bridge for that road. I am in my 70’s – my Dad used to tell me about going into Lanark that way as a kid.

Terry DonaldsonWe called it frazers bridge

Ken BarrTerry Donaldson We also called it the cow bridge. It’s where the bridge at Timber Run is now.

Paul MilotteI remember it being called the Cow bridge as well. If memory serves me right it was used to let Cows cross the river as part of the old Plant farm. It was a huge dairy farm back in the day and the Darou family dairy business bought milk from them. The main building of the Plant farm is the old Caldwell mansion that is now a bead and breakfast. Anybody remember the Red barn behind the main house? I think the same family converted the the old mansion into a nursing home after the farming operation had stopped.

Judy ArnottPaul Milotte I remember the barn. I remember when it was the nursing home and they had cattle and a vicious bull.

Sharon Bowesyes you are right Paul I remember the CGIT going there and singing Christmas Carols for the residents

Gary WhyteI use to deliver milk to nursing home.when I looked at the bridge that where I though it was now it is a bridge for golf course .a name comes to mind also lived in little house just across bridge off of mill St was bob Littlejohn

Michele ScanlanI can’t remember the bridge being that long it only went over the creek not a deep river. I think it was only one span not two.

Judy ArnottSherry Lilicos’ mom and grandmother ran the nursing home. In recent years she and her husband Brian bought the place and made it into Clyde Ha

Photo from the Perth & District Historical Society–
Mathesons Bridge-Mathesons Bridge, an old farm bridge crossing the Tay off Christie Lake

Bridge across the Mississippi River to Glen Isle- Public Archives- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

From the Perth Courier and Documentation by Ron Shaw-CLICK

March 29, 1889 – The road from Middleville to Lanark was the scene of another accident. While
Mr. A. Lawson was driving the mail from Middleville to Lanark on Monday morning the wheel
came off his buggy and, the horses taking fright, he was thrown out. In falling he came into
contact with a stone fracturing his skull and breaking his lower jaw. He died on Tuesday night at
the house of Mr. Robert Barr where he had been carried from the scene of the accident.

June 4, 1869 – A sad accident occurred on the River Clyde about two miles from Middleville at
Taylor’s Saw Mill. Waddell McFarlane, 21, son of Mr. McFarlane, postmaster of Rosetta, was
driving saw logs over the dam at Taylor’s where a jam occurred. Young McFarlane, in his
efforts to release the logs, boldly stepped on the logs immediately at the head of the chute.
When the one on which he was standing became loose he was carried over the dam.
McFarlane was carried along with it and when he arrived at the foot, the log struck him and
before assistance could be rendered, he sank to rise no more.

Stories About Deachman’s Bridge?


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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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  1. The original road into Lanark from Watson’s Corners is now the unused Concession 1 Dalhousie road that goes off to the right just before the top of Connors Hill on County Rd. 8. That road would have had to cross the Clyde River at some point so that might have been the bridge for that road. I am in my 70’s – my Dad used to tell me about going into Lanark that way as a kid.

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