Remembering the Old Log Timber Slide

Remembering the Old Log Timber Slide

Victoria Mill Slide-

At Appleton a log slide guided the loose logs or booms over the log slide and into a log pond. Log booms were barriers formed by logs chained together with chains and log dogs that guided the rest of the logs down the river. The logs didn’t always stay in the booms and sometimes floated dangerously over the rapids instead of down the log slide.

The Mississippi River supported many lumbermen including Abner Nichols who operated a lumber camp at Wilson Bay on the Mississippi Lake and owned two mills in Carleton Place. From Wilson Bay logs were gathered in large booms and attached with log chains and then floated down the Mississippi River to his mills in Carleton Place.

Timber Slide- Ottawa

Before we had government there were trees and Ottawa was all about the lumber. Timber literally poured down the Ottawa River.

Mills located near the Chaudiere Falls cut millions of board feet every, beginning around 1854, but most years from 1806 to 1908, timber also came down the river in the form of huge rafts whose destination was Montreal, or more often Quebec City. Alas, most of the sawmills burned down in the Great Hull-Ottawa fire of 1900. Eddy, Booth and Bronson all stopped cutting timber and went into the pulp and paper business, and the mills at Rideau Falls were removed. The result is that there’s not much evidence of Ottawa’s lumbering past to see anymore — except the timber slide between Amelia and Chaudiere Islands.

You can see the gate at top of the slide from Booth Street just before you get to Middle Street on Victoria Island. If you go into the parking lot across from the climbing gym on Victoria Island, you can seem the top of the timber slide itself, which now has an iron trough running through it. You can get another view of the slide from the bridge to Ottawa Hydro Station #2, when the gate is open, and you can see the end of the slide where it come out from the Mill Brewery, or from the Portage Bridge.You’ll see that the slide is now overgrown and V-shaped, much like a normal creek bed. But for most of its life the channel was square, and kept square by wooden walls.  These walls were essential to its operation. You can see the rest here CLICK Lost Ottawa

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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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