Construction of a hydro electric power plant was begun by H. Brown & Sons at the former site of the Canada Lumber Company mills, after several years of preparation of the riverbed including tailrace excavation and building of a concrete millpond dam. 1909
Bill LemayI went over the falls more than once. there was a spot at the bottom of the falls called the bubble bath. swimming and lots of fun
Donna McfarlaneDad wentover the falls in a 23 foot inboard boat.. the motor failed. the men from Findlays dressed as undertakers etc and had a parade after the boat was pulled out over to lake avenue and frank where my parents lived.. Annie M was the name of the boat.. Dad still had the signs at the time of our fire…
March 1968 down at the old Hydro Dam-Randy Amyotte as the hero.
Dan WilliamsHad to be 1968 ’cause we were still swimming there and jumping from that tree long after 1962. We were not too pleased that they cut it down either!
Photo Llew Loyd
Ontario Hydro is not particularly concerned about the condition of the 66-year-old dam on the Mississippi River at Carleton Place, despite the worries of the town’s Hydro commission. The cracks along the top of the dam and holes being eroded by a steady cascade of water is giving the local commission the jitters. Carleton Place hydro commission chairman Willis Armour fears that a major rupture could come some spring when there’s a heavy water runoff by day and freezing temperatures at night. Such conditions, he says, could cause the present fissures in the dam to expand and cause a break. The Mississippi River would- be “nothing but a swamp” if the dam broke, he said Friday.
The town of Almonte and Appleton below the dam could be flooded. Norm Manning, public relations officer for Ontario Hydro, said Friday an engineering study carried out on the aging concrete structure last spring shows the dam, although cracked and chipped, is structurally sound. “There are a few leaks, admittedly,” he said, “ but we have been assured that the dam is perfectly sound.” Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority resources manager Alex Ansel said Friday a detailed study has been carried out by Ontario Hydro which operates the dam to control water levels in the Mississippi watershed, and its report was expected in the next few months