A roundhouse is a building used by railroads for servicing locomotives. Roundhouses are large, circular or semicircular structures that were traditionally located surrounding or adjacent to turntables. The defining feature of the traditional roundhouse was the turntable, which facilitates access when the building is used for repair facilities or for storage of steam locomotives.
Early steam locomotives normally travelled forwards only; although reverse operations capabilities were soon built into locomotive mechanisms, the controls were normally optimized for forward travel, and the locomotives often could not operate as well in reverse. Some passenger cars, such as observation cars, were also designed as late as the 1960s for operations in a particular direction. A turntable allowed a locomotive or other rolling stock to be turned around for the return journey.
Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers (Old CPR Roundhouse and Shop)
Built in: 1872 Architect: unknown
The railway constructed a large stone roundhouse and machine shop at Carleton Place in 1872, and continued to use this location until 1939. Since 1940, the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers have occupied the old roundhouse. Come and enjoy railway memorabilia, the Real Wool Shop Boutique and the tack/western clothing equestrian centre--Heritage Carleton Place
Did you know that McArthur Island or Kenden Island (Kenden Industries) was once not an island? The main river flows past the location while a man-made channel, once used to divert water to the former McArthur Mill complex actually created the island in the 19th Century. Water flow of the Mississippi River was also changed for the Bates and Innes Mill.
Today is Part 4 in a new series called Armchair Tourism in Carleton Place. Did you know we have airports in the area?
When I was a child my father used to take us to the local Cowansville, Quebec airport and when we went to visit my Mother in the hospital in Montreal he would bring us to the Dorval airport. We all used to love watching the planes. Did you know we have an airport in Carleton Place?
Carleton Place Airport, (TCLID: CNR6), is located 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) southeast of Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada, west of Ottawa. To put it in layman’s terms its 1998 9th Line in Beckwith- Their Facebook page
This airport is run by volunteers (mostly pilots) –and Smiths Falls-Montague Airport Commission is entrusted to the control and management of the landing grounds at the Russ Beach Smiths Falls/Montague Airport and a great place to watch some planes take off with the family.
There is a small aviation museum where you can see displays and glance at some great reference books.
Did you now Search and Rescue also drops in and says hi and does some training at the airport?
This is one of the first parachutes!
Our Carleton Place Sky Pilots Carole and Bill Flint working hard along with many other volunteers to make sure the airport is viable and fully operational.
There was once a famous hypnotist that came to Carleton Place often and his name was Pauline! If you want to read about him click here..
The great Pauline came to Carleton Place a few times a year as it was noted in many of our local area newspapers. One day he had one of his subjects(no word if the subject was local) sit for 7 or 8 hours in the window of the Preston Drugstore. That evening when he performed in the Opera Hall of our Carleton Place Town Hall the woman he had chosen as his subject returned to normalcy. The Carleton Place Herald marveled at his talent. I am personally wondering if she was in Pauline’s employ. But what a great marketing ploy that was to sell tickets to his show.
But, did you know that hypnotism sessions were held in H. Brown and Sons electrical power house too? It was noted that several well known citizens of Carleton Place took part in these private events at the power plant that used to be where St. James park was once situated.
The Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Carleton Place Business Improvement area and the Town of Carleton Place worked to support the Beckwith Butcher and Y101.1 with their “CARLETON PLACE CARES’ Community Fort McMurray $5 BBQ Fundraiser on Tuesday May 10th from NOON – 7pm at 1 Costello Drive in Carleton Place.
Y101.1 covered the event and The Beckwith Butcher is donating all the meat including Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Pulled Pork and Maple Chipotle Sausages. Giant Tiger donated drinks, Betty Bread donated buns and Mitchell’s Independent Grocers donated condiments.