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So Where was this Bridge? Melanie Johnston Mason Photos Ferguson Family

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So Where was this Bridge? Melanie Johnston Mason Photos Ferguson Family
Melanie Johnston Mason
November 6 at 1:46 PM  · 

Allan James Ferguson and Amelia Jane Ferguson children of James Allan Ferguson and Jane McCallum
Melanie Johnston Mason
November 6 at 1:46 PM  · 

Allan James Ferguson son of James Allan Ferguson and Jane McCallum

I thought it was the floating bridge at Clayton. It wasn’t…

Brian MunroDoubt it. Bridge seems too short

Wayne ReidBrian Munro and no stumps sticking up either

Stuart McIntoshThere were hills near both ends of the floating bridge. Many of the earlier wooden bridges were constructed this way but this one doesn’t appear to be long enough to be the floating bridge below Taylor Lake.

Stuart McIntoshDon’t know these folks and the landmarks are unfamiliar but the fences in the background may indicate a bridge on a private laneway like Lornie Wark used to have. We got stuck on it one snowy night after a Christmas concert.

Joan ArmstrongKen MacDonald wasn’t there a floating bridge down the 11th conc (MUNRO Line)? Haven’t been down there for years.

Ken MacDonaldJoan Armstrong yes there was one on the 11thconcession of Lanark but it was longer than this as well, swampy on north end and no real flat farm land on the other.It went across to Robertsons and Elmer Yuills towards Galbraith

So there you have it and these photos from the Ferguson family. Any ideas?

Frank Hunter — Death Veiled in Mystery — Mcllquhams Bridge 1929

Down at Old McIlquham’s Bridge

“Naked and Afraid” in Lanark County –McIlquham’s Bridge #2

The House on the Cliff and the Old Bridge

Almonte Bridge- Unsurpassed in the County

The Back Bridge of Almonte April 1960

Clippings of MacLan Bridge– Buchanan’s Scrapbooks

Primitive Bridges –Where was this Bridge?

The Bridge that Floated on Clayton Lake

The Sharbot Lake Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge – Claudia Smith

More on The Floating Bridge– Memories of Lyall McKay

The Carp River Floating Bridge

The Sullivans —- Floating Bridge Builders

More Memories of the Floating Bridge

More Notes on the Floating Bridge in Clayton

The Floating Bridge of Carleton Place — Found!

Clayton floating bridge

Searching for the Floating Bridge?

The Floating Bridges of Lanark County

The Mystery Ruins and the Floating Sidewalk Near the McNeely Bridge

Stories About Deachman’s Bridge?

Why the Appleton Bridge Collapsed…

The Day the Appleton Bridge Collapsed

Lawsuits in Carleton Place — The Collapse of the Appleton Bridge

Down by the Old Pike Hole–The Island Bridges of Carleton Place- Before and After

Geddes Rapids Bridge 1903 — Dalhousie Lake

John Lyons John Campbell & Morphy Appleton Bridge Settlements

The House on the Cliff and the Old Bridge

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The House on the Cliff and the Old Bridge
Sept 1964
Postcard Sally Tuffin read-Almonte Bridge- Unsurpassed in the County

September 1964 — Almonte Gazette

Work is well on its way to demolish the stone bridge that was so much admired for a great many years as a masterpiece of the mason’s craftsmanship. It presented quite a problem to the contractors . It is understood they intend to remove as much of it as possible from each end on the surface and then drop the rest of it into the gorge from which the larger stones will have to be retrieved.

 It is likely that destruction of this sturdy stone span will present about as much trouble as erection of the new single span which will have no mid- piers but only abutments at each end. As the stone bridge comes down it becomes more apparent that it never could have withstood the heavy traffic for very long even If it had been wide enough. 

The Town Council’s chief headache in connection with the new bridge is described in the underlines beneath the cut that appears above. The Council has been criticized for not grappling with these problems sooner and for leaving it to the last minute as has been the case. 

It is said that some members thought they could get a fair sum of money for the old residence, but they soon found out that this was not the case especially when contractors who looked at it agreed that it could not be moved. It is said that there is little money to be made into a ring down sturdy frame house as much of the lumber is destroyed for building purposes in the process.

1964– the house on the cliff1964– the house on the cliff

Not much is known about the history of this house. It had little land around it. The backyard was close to the cliff that leads down to Cannon Falls . However, people who lived in it years ago said it was a comfortable dwelling. But with the cliff behind it and the highway at its front door, it was a poor place to bring up young children. How the Council is going to get this building out of the way by Oct. 2nd when it is now Sept. 24th is anyone ’s guess. Maybe the fairies will wave magic wands over it and say hocus- pocus you old house —jump into the Bay.

Frank BlakeleyWhen the stone from the bridge was being hauled away, my dad intercepted the dump trucks, and had the drivers drop their load of stone off the edge of our property on Hope St. for fill. On the way out, the drivers got a beer for their trouble.

Sept 64
sept 1974

Almonte Bridge- Unsurpassed in the County

The Back Bridge of Almonte April 1960

A Drive to Pakenham 2008 with Updates

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A Drive to Pakenham 2008 with Updates

The view shows the carding mill, planing mill and cheese factory.

BY JANICE KENNEDY– 2008– What did you do? I spent a perfectly languid summer day doing perfectly languid summertime things getting out of town, enjoying the scenery, strolling, nibbling and browsing. Could you be a little more specific? Sure. I went to Pakenham, part of greater “Mississippi Mills.” The little village on the Ottawa Valley version of the Mississippi River is barely more than a half-hour from downtown Ottawa, so it’s a drive-in-the-country destination that doesn’t impoverish you at the gas pump. Why Pakenham? There are lots of little villages around Ottawa, aren’t there? There are indeed, many of them certainly worth a daytrip. But what’s appealing about Pakenham, besides the proximity and prettiness of the place, is its ambience.

Some visitors might call it sleepy and it does seem to be the antithesis of bustling but I prefer to think of it as laid-back. A visit to Pakenham is an undeniably leisurely affair. Is that code for “leave the kids at home?” Maybe. What I like about Pakenham is the opposite of what appeals to my two young grandsons, whose tastes run more to water parks and go-kart tracks. If you don’t count the ice cream, Pakenham’s attractions tend to be more adult-oriented. Tell me about them. The village is both attractive and historic. At nearly 200 years old, it seems to have a settled sense of self.

Many of the houses some of them meticulously restored or maintained with their original character reflect the 19th-century love of Regency and Classic Revival architectural styles. In fact, if your interests run that way, you can take a detailed historical walking tour of Pakenham, guided by a helpful little pamphlet available free at most village businesses.

Dating back to the 1840s, Pakenham’s general store is thought to be the oldest continually operated general store on the continent. With everything from fresh baked goods to brass beds, it’s a great place to browse. What’s the highlight? Pakenham’s landmark is The Bridge. If you come by way of Kinburn Side Road, the exit you take from Highway 417, you enter the village by way of its famous stone bridge (“the only five-arch stone bridge in North -America,” tourist literature boasts). It’s an impressive structure, built in 1901 with locally cruarried stone cut in the squared look of the time, suggesting solidity and endurance. Small riverside parks by the bridge allow you to get a good look at the five sturdy spans and, on the north side, to listen to the rushing burble of the water over what is called Little Falls.

Pakenham’s century-old bridge is the only five-arch stone span bridge in North America. Then there is 5 Span Feed and Seed (“We feed your needs”). Besides agricultural and cottage supplies, 5 Span also sells outdoor clothing and local maple syrup appropriately, since Pakenham is in Lanark County, the heart of Ontario maple country. Which reminds me: A visit to Pakenham could happily accommodate a short jaunt to Fulton’s, the sugar bush just a few minutes outside town (directions at fultons.ca). Sounds wonderful, but aren’t you forgetting something?

Did you not mention Ice cream? I certainly did. Summertime’s easy livin’ , should always include at least one afternoon stroll by the river or in this case, relaxation on one of the park benches near the landmark bridge to contemplate the flow of the Mississippi a homemade waffle cone in hand filled with the smooth, cool glories of ice cream. In Pakenham, you can get your dose of frozen decadence at Scoop’s (111 Waba, just off the main street) or at the General Store. Either way, it’s a short walk to the river.

OK, I confess. Right next to the feed and seed suppliers, a small stand operated by local Cedar Hill Berry Farm was selling red, ripe and irresistible fresh strawberries. With visions of shortcake dancing in my head, I picked up a litre and doubled back to Watt’s Cooking? for a package of fresh tea biscuits (not quite shortcake, but close enough). That evening, in little more time than it takes to whip up a bowl of cream, we had our glorious old-fashioned summer dessert thanks to our Pakenham daytrip. I guess you could call that a sweet ending to a pretty sweet day? I guess you could, although it also made for a sweet beginning the next morning.

This was written inThe Ottawa Citizen==Ottawa, Ontario, Canada26 Jul 2008, Sat  •  Page 64

Restaurants updated

Centennial Restaurant ($$) read-History Clippings of the the Centennial Restaurant – Pakenham
Canadian
Distance: 0.31 miles

Copper Kettle Restaurant & Pakenham Inn ($$)
Canadian
Distance: 0.31 miles

Penny’s Fudge Factory

Cartwright Springs ($$)
Breweries
Distance: 2.77 miles

Law and Orders Pakenham

Service options: TakeoutAddress: 239 Deer Run Rd Unit 2, Pakenham, ON K0A 2X0

Hours

Saturday11a.m.–6p.m.
Sunday11a.m.–5p.m.
MondayClosed
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Friday11a.m.–6p.m.

3 Apples Bakery5.0  (5) · Bakery2544 County Rd No 29 · (613) 883-3358

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Clippings of MacLan Bridge– Buchanan’s Scrapbooks

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Clippings of MacLan Bridge– Buchanan’s Scrapbooks

With files from The Keeper of the Scrapbooks — Christina ‘tina’  Camelon Buchanan — Thanks to Diane Juby— click here..

The settlement was founded by Daniel Shipman,

who built the first successful mills in the 1820s, built a bridge across the

river at the site of the current Maclan Bridge, laid out the street grid on

the south side of the river in the 1830s, and built a house on the south

side of the river c1835. Another early settler, Edward Mitcheson, built a

grist mill on the site of the current Almonte Flour Mill c1848 and laid out

much of the street grid on the north side of the river. By 1850, Shipman

and Mitcheson had created much of the street and lot pattern at the core

of the community. All of these features survive in downtown Almonte

Today.

Arriving from the north along Queen Street, one descends a gentle slope towards the Maclan Bridge.Before arriving at the bridge, a threshold is marked by a distinct collection of stately homes and a tight assembly of commercial buildings, which beckons the traveller to the commercial centre that lies beyond the bridge. Upon entering the bridge, one is struck by the commanding old Town Hall, set against a vast river landscape that opens up on both sides of the bridge. The sense of arrival is experienced first when arriving on the south shore of the river, and again at the intersection of Mill and Bridge Streets.

The Maclan Bridge serves as the approximate eastern boundary of the historic urban centre of Almonte, and the views from each side reflect this condition. The view to the east is a pastoral scene dominated by the treed riverbanks, and is largely rural in character. Looking west, the view includes the Town Hall, the Wylie Mill, CPR Bridge, and the first waterfall. The houses on the north bank are largely hidden by trees, although the Wylie and Menzies houses are prominent. The view reflecting the milling era remains largely intact.

Mississippi Mills- Heritage Ottawa
1942- almonte.com
almonte.com
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
21 Sep 1926, Tue  •  Page 12

Related reading

Almonte Bridge- Unsurpassed in the County

The Back Bridge of Almonte April 1960

Over the Falls- June 1984

Tears From the Old Gears of the Mills

Down by the Mississippi River- Almonte Falls Photos 50s

The Back Bridge of Almonte April 1960

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The Back Bridge of Almonte April 1960
almonte.com

Those who are in a position to observe traffic going over the back bridge feel sure that it is only a matter of time until some overloaded vehicle crashes through the ancient structure into the river many feet below. The term overloaded does not mean that a truck is carrying an excessive weight in the ordinary sense of the term but only that it is too heavy for the frail bridge. Notices at each end of this ‘horse-and-buggy” span- warns that combined vehicle and load must not exceed five tons. 

That is the same limit that is put on old wooden structures on the back country roads which are now being replaced by safer and more modern links. But this back bridge is in a different class from a glorified culvert on a secondary road—it is a span on highway 44 and because it was built about 80 years ago– the exact date is on the plate— it no longer meets the requirements of heavy trucks. 

almonte.com

Many people have little sympathy with these huge vehicles which have made it hard for the railways while ruining the highways that must be kept up by taxpayers, many of whom haven’t even got a car. But the fact remains they are here to stay in spite of the great damage they do and the nuisance they create. So the situation posed by the inadequate bridge is a bad one. 

It means that all these big transports must go through the main street of the town by one route or another. They are hard on the streets and the noise they make is worse than the trains. It puts Almonte in about as bad a position as Carleton Place was in before the Provincial Government got around to building a highway bridge there that would divert through traffic from the main street of that town. 

Back Bridge

The one bridge over the river in Carleton Place was at least capable of handling any weight up to a reasonable point. read – Down by the Old Pike Hole–The Island Bridges of Carleton Place- Before and After

But this back bridge as stated before has a five ton limit. That daring or careless drivers do not observe this is a well known fact. Observers say they often hold their breath as a big transport dashes across in defiance of the warning signs. Someday it will go down and if there is no loss of life it will not, perhaps, be considered in the light of a calamity. Almonte Gazette April 1960

May 20, 1950–Almonte Gazette

Probably there is no more meaningless legend on a traffic sign anywhere than the one that adorns the “ back bridge” on Main Street. It says that loads going over the old structure must not exceed five tons. Being a link in Provincial Highway 44 many of the loads that pass over the decrepit span are nearer 15 tons than five.

Related reading

Down by the Old Pike Hole–The Island Bridges of Carleton Place- Before and After

Geddes Rapids Bridge 1903 — Dalhousie Lake

John Lyons John Campbell & Morphy Appleton Bridge Settlements

Primitive Bridges –Where was this Bridge?

The Bridge that Floated on Clayton Lake

The Sharbot Lake Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge – Claudia Smith

More on The Floating Bridge– Memories of Lyall McKay

The Carp River Floating Bridge

More Memories of the Floating Bridge

More Notes on the Floating Bridge in Clayton

The Floating Bridge of Carleton Place — Found!

Clayton floating bridge

Searching for the Floating Bridge?

The Floating Bridges of Lanark County

The Mystery Ruins and the Floating Sidewalk Near the McNeely Bridge

Stories About Deachman’s Bridge?

Why the Appleton Bridge Collapsed…

The Day the Appleton Bridge Collapsed

Lawsuits in Carleton Place — The Collapse of the Appleton Bridge

Geddes Rapids Bridge 1903 — Dalhousie Lake

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Geddes Rapids Bridge 1903 — Dalhousie Lake
Lanark County Tourism

May 5 1903

Frequenters of Dalhousie Lake summer resort and visitors who have been deeply impressed with the natural beauty and picturesqueness of the locality will, says the Lanark Era, learn with regret that the old rustic bridge crossing Geddes’ rapids is soon to he torm away and its place taken by a modem structure. 

The element of safety had to be considered, and the township council, becoming convinced that the bridge having reached a dangerous condition of decay, were forced to order its removal. Mr. E. T. Wilkie P.L.S., ot Carleton Place, took measurements of the span last Saturday for the purpose of preparing plans and specifications and will ask for tenders to build a new bridge when he has these completed. 

It is likely a steel bridge will be built if it can be had for the amount the council will devote to the purpose. It is estimated that it will take from $1,500 to $2,000 to finish the work. The span at present is fifty feet, and it has been suggested to widen this to sixty feet, but the majority of the council are of the opinion that the present width is sufficient, as it has met all requirements in the past, so will likely remain at fifty feet.

Read-The Steads of Dalhousie Lake

Lanark County Tourism

2012 Tenders for Geddes Bridge

After a curved or crooked course of many miles through rocky channels, past dense forest growth of birch, poplar and ever green trees where cultivated farms alternate with rocky barrens and hills the wide Mississippi river comes to a formidable crisis in its path at the high falls of the Mississippi where the leaping stream furnishes the greatest water power for the hydro development between the Ottawa river and the Trent system.  A mile or so further down the wild water furnishes a minor power for the saw and roller mills of Walter Geddes; then after a rapid descent past high picturesque hills, one finds peaceful rest for a time on the broad expanse of Dalhousie Lake.  On the wide beach of the lake and backed by all kinds of native trees and shrubbery have been built neat summer cottages owned by holiday people from far and near on the hill just above stands the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Geddes overlooking the lake and cottages and hills and farms which border the beautiful lake. Also read– Knitted Mittens for the Dionne Quintuplets–Mary McInty

Walter was the son of Adam Geddes & Jane Sim, who are buried in the Highland Line Cemetery at McDonald’s Corners.
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Plot 504 :
– Walter Geddes 1867-1950
– his wife, Violet McIntyre 1871-1957
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Death – Perth Courier – Dec.14,1950 –
Geddes – At G.W.M. Hospital, Perth, on Thursday, December 7, Walter Geddes, beloved husband of Violet McIntyre Geddes, dear father of W. R. and D. F. Geddes, in his 84th year.

Also read:

The Steads of Dalhousie Lake

Knitted Mittens for the Dionne Quintuplets–Mary McInty

John Lyons John Campbell & Morphy Appleton Bridge Settlements

Primitive Bridges –Where was this Bridge?

The Bridge that Floated on Clayton Lake

The Sharbot Lake Floating Bridge

The Floating Bridge – Claudia Smith

More on The Floating Bridge– Memories of Lyall McKay

The Carp River Floating Bridge

More Memories of the Floating Bridge

More Notes on the Floating Bridge in Clayton

The Floating Bridge of Carleton Place — Found!

Clayton floating bridge

Searching for the Floating Bridge?

The Floating Bridges of Lanark County

The Mystery Ruins and the Floating Sidewalk Near the McNeely Bridge

Stories About Deachman’s Bridge?

Why the Appleton Bridge Collapsed…

The Day the Appleton Bridge Collapsed

Lawsuits in Carleton Place — The Collapse of the Appleton Bridge

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?


The Pakenham Bridge is Falling Down 1873

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The Pakenham Bridge is Falling Down 1873

The new stone bridge was built in 1901-to replace a rickety old wooden structure.  The old bridge was so unsafe that it was illegal to cross at a faster pace than a walk. 

Editor Almonte Gazette: —  April 11, 1873

Sir,

At last our bridge is covered, and such a covering. It reminds me of the Old Scot’s experience o f Canada’s roads, when he exclaimed, “Roads— ‘McAdam’ fear and tremble, of infernal corduroy.” Of all the coverings ever put on a bridge surely that at Pakenham village is the most villainously rough and rotten. Our Council must surely be demented if they will take the work off the contractor’s hands in present state. 

Small, hollow, intricately twisted cedars, a third at least of which are specific to cover the smallest country culvert, are made to do duty on this bridge, over which, on an average, lor six months of the year, 80 or 100 tons of lumber or other traffic may be expected to pass daily. 

Any man, who knows anything about such matters must, on examination, pronounce it a most unsafe and faulty covering, and a most expensive one too, as it could have been covered with three inch pine for a little more than half the money. 

Our municipal body were so fearful of failing in their re-election  that they would not ask for tenders last September when people could have made arrangements to take out the necessary logs for such a purpose. Tenders were asked for in February for either plank or cedar, when it was well known that no such length of plank could be procured on such short notice. 

Patties desirous of tendering could not do so, as there were no plans or specifications prepared, and the chosen five could not even tell the length and width of the bridge. One tender was sent in at the time specified, and on being opened was rejected, and a party was urged by the Council to put in a tender after the opening of the other—surely an unwarrantably irregular proceeding, to put it in its mildest shape. 

Parties desirous of proving the truth of my assertions had better take a walk over the bridge, if not afraid of breaking through the rotten cedars or dropping through the crevices Pakenham, April 10th, 1873.

The bridge was built in 1901 by O’Toole & Keating, Scottish masons from Ottawa, for a cost of $14,500. The stones, the largest of which weighs 5 tons, came from a local quarry. As a result of local pressure to preserve it, the bridge was never replaced with a newer one and restored in 1984. At that time, the bridge was also strengthened with reinforced concrete to accommodate car and truck traffic.

During the Great Famine (Black ’47), Irish families were sent from Grosse Isle, Quebec to Montreal and then on to local communities in Upper Canada which were either on a canal system or where industrialization was taking place and jobs were opening up. 

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In Pakenham, Ontario there was an already established Irish community to assist the new arrivals to integrate into life in Canada. Some of the famine emigrants stayed here in Pakenham and others moved westward into Renfrew County.  Here are names of two families who came from Montreal to Pakenham between 1845 and 1847:

Patrick Maggidan (Madigan) and family

James Brady (three adults)  

What Happened to Lena May Connery of Pakenham? Connery Melanson Genealogy

The Bi Way Tour Margie Argue- Pakenham #1 and #2

The Bi Way Tour Margie Argue- Pakenham #3 and #4–Maps

Ingram Scott Pakenham

Prominent Merchant of Pakenham Expired After Opening Up For The Day

Clippings of Scott’s General Store

R Scott & Son Pakenham Gents Furnishing Dept.

Pakenham 1953

Photos of Early Pakenham

Needham Notations Pakenham Genealogy

The Pakenham Brush Fire of July 1939

The Pakenham Fire of June 1939 –Names Names Names

Mayne Store–Memories of the Pakenham Fire 1940

  1. The Pakenham Fire of 1940
  2. July 8, 1940 Fire at the Mayne Store Pakenham
  3. Dickson Hall Fire Pakenham-H. H. Dickson
  4. Fire at Pakenham Woollen Factory with Town Directory

The Floating Bridge – Claudia Smith

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The Floating Bridge – Claudia Smith
The Floating Bridge Mural
This mural across the back interior wall of Union Hall was painted and donated by Laurel to commemorate this once historic landmark.
“Handy As A Pocket On Shirt”
by Claudia Smith

Mary HurdisRemember fishing of the bridge with my father… a big pike nearly pulled me in… so scary!

Stuart McIntoshMy mother recalled driving her parents car across the bridge with the side curtains flapping from winds off Taylor Lake. You needed a little bit of speed to make the big hill on the other side. I remember fishing with dad when there was just enough break in the old bridge to pass the rowboat through.

From the Mississippi Mills site

At the time in the history of Lanark County when travel of any sort was not easy, waterways and swamps were major obstacles to be overcome.  The boggy narrows between Clayton and Taylor Lakes in Lanark Township were no exception.

Oxen splashed through the muck at a fording spot and the settlers themselves walked across on a wide plank at what was called Settlers’ Crossing.  The planks were later replaced with three hewn logs chained together to make a wider bridge but it still could handle only pedestrian traffic.

In 1825, the crossing was “inundated by the backwater caused by a mill dam built by Edward Bellamy Sr.”  The water level was raised by four feet and the “dry swamp” became a river.

Records show that there may once have been a ferry going across the narrows between the lakes.  A Bennett family settled by the shoreline and may have operated a ferry for travelers.  A local store receipt book shows that several fruit trees and garden seeds were sold to “Bennett at the ferry” in the early 1830s.

The ferry may have simply been a raft that was poled across the river carrying people and their goods.  Perhaps it was a stronger, sided raft that was able to carry one horse or cow at a time.  Shouts from one shore to the other may have been enough to hail the ferryman.  A cord strung across the stream and attached to a bell set on a post might also have been the signal that a customer waited on the other side.

In 1858, the Lanark Township Council received a request from 69 petitioners arguing that a bridge across the river was “indispensably necessary for the convenience of the western section of the county, generally being several miles shorter by the route to the Catholic Church at Ferguson’s Falls, to Perth and to the railroad depot in Almonte.

in 1859, a contract was let to James Sullivan to build a bridge 340 yards long for 18 pounds, 10 shillings.  Timber was cut, planks were sawn and thick pegs were driven into the wood of the stringers for a new bridge of an innovative design – it floated.

In August, the commissioners in charge of the project reported that “…the bridge is now finished and at present, horses and oxen with carts, waggons, buggyies, carriages of all description loaded or unloaded may pass safely and securely without impediments.”  On Sundays and holidays people flocked to see “…the curiosity and construction of our mammoth bridge.”

Eighteen years later in 1877, wheels wind and waves had taken their toll on the bridge.  Timothy Sullivan won the contract to build a new bridge on top of the old one as it had become impossible for horses to travel on.  The old arch over the waterway and the 50-foot-long passing portion on the centre of the structure were to be kept as they were in the old bridge.  A stout railing was bolted along each side.

This Floating Bridge was a “handy as a pocket on a short” in summer as well as in the winter.  Countless horses, wagons, farm machines, funeral processions, and people on foot, as well as sows, cows, cattle and sheep were driven over the convenient shortcut.

A woman from Galbraith area north of the lake, tapped a maple bush on the south side of the lake.  She walked across the bridge carrying heavy iron pots for boiling the sap.  When the sugar season was over, she carried the many pounds of sweet harvest back to her home.

There was a social life at the bridge.  On evenings when parents were assured that all the chores were properly done, children ran to the river to fish.

Joe Baye, a native trapper and hunter, lived near the bridge and he always had long fishing poles to lend the youngsters.

Men fished and hunted ducks from the bridge. Families ate their packet of sandwiches on Sunday afternoon.

The bridge caught the wind like a mast in stormy weather and rocked on the waves.

In high water, the logs tended to pile up and teams of horses had to climb the logs, as did cars in later years.

When the bridge logs were bumped over in high water, children crouched on the floor in the back seat of early model cars.

Summertime brought low water and the bridge stretched down, resulting in an easier surface for travelling.

Often nerves were taut when the bridge was being navigated, especially if the horses were young and inexperienced or the load unwieldy.  The men of the Miller outfit breathed a sigh of relief each time they crossed safely with their heavy threshing machine pulled by two teams of horses.

One dark and very wind night, Arthur Bar (now deceased) was heading home to the Clayton area from a festival in Rosetta.  He lead his reluctant horse across the rocking bridge, nervous that the horse and buggy might go over the side or that they might fall off the end of it.

Log drives were floated from Taylor’s Lake down to the mill in Clayton and had to pass under the arch of the bridge.  The Almonte Gazette reported that Mr D J Thomson took a drive of saw logs to the mill in April 1838.

“Owing to the water being so high it took three men with pike poles to put them through under the Floating Bridge.  However, the trip from there to the millpond in Clayton was made in eight hours and considered a fast trip by old river men.”

The old bridge was closed by the Government of Ontario in 1943 due to its unsafe condition.  People built fires on it to boil water and one group did not make sure all the coals were out.

The last floating remnants of this historic landmark were blown out on Hurricane Hazel in 1954.  Sunken timbers still stretch in parallel lines under the waters of the narrows, and in a very dry season a few bolt stick above the water from the old stringers. Claudia Smith

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The Floating Bridges of Lanark County

The Mystery Ruins and the Floating Sidewalk Near the McNeely Bridge

Stories About Deachman’s Bridge?

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The Day the Appleton Bridge Collapsed

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The New Central Bridge 1928

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The New Central Bridge 1928

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The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
28 Nov 1928, Wed  •  Page 35

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Bridge St central bridge under construction c. 1928 — Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum

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Central Bridge 1960 Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum

Linda Seccaspina On my group there were comments that it was a Bailey bridge – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_bridge
The Bailey bridge is a type of portable, pre-fabricated, truss bridge. It was developed by the British during World War II for military use and saw extensive use by British, Canadian and US military engineering units

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This photo was taken on November 11, 1918 – Armistice Day! The girls are crossing Central Bridge, heading north and are carrying their schoolbooks! The girls are identified as Leita Andison , Annie ?, Flora Ormrod, and Bessie Harrod

Sandra Rattray Leita Andison was a wonderful woman and a great teacher and naturalist. She had a cottage beside my aunt Kay Foote at Squaw Point and she and her family enjoyed her sense of humour and her company.

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Joann Voyce

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Old bridge repairs. Either my grandfather or Great grandfather. Not sure of the year
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The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
04 Dec 1928, Tue  •  Page 28

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The Mystery Ruins and the Floating Sidewalk Near the McNeely Bridge

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