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You Can Still See the Alligator Sign if You Look!

You Can Still See the Alligator Sign if You Look!




Thanks to Ralph Shaw the alligator sign I had made is back on the fence at the Lake Ave East and Francis Street intersection. For years the No Swimming Alligators sign sat in the swamp where they used to  get clay for the brick factory. No one really ever did see an alligator, but then again you can’t really be sure.

You really, really don’t want to be bitten by an alligator. A 2004 study of wild and captive alligators found that large individuals bite down with 13,172 Newtons–or 2960 pounds–of force, one of the most powerful bites ever recorded for a living animal. That’s a heck of a bite!



Do you really know what really lurks around these trees at night?



Thanks Ralph Shaw for putting the signs back!!

While on the lookout for alligators, you should remember to occasionally look up. American alligators, as well as several other species of crocodylian, are fairly accomplished climbers. As long as there’s enough of an incline for them to haul themselves up, gators can climb trees to get to a better basking spot, or get the drop on you, as the case may be.

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The  original sign that once sat on the Lake Avenue East swamp now has  a permanent home at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum on Edmund Street.



One of our local poets Carol Stephen even wrote a poem about it. Photo- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


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Photo Mike Jeays

Mike Jeays took this photo a long time ago so we can remember what once was. Where did the alligator from the Brick Yard Swamp go after the buildings were built? I don’t know about you but I might check the basement of those condos. But make sure you turn the lights on first!!

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte


So What was in That Old Alligator Hole Anyways in Carleton Place?

Gluten Free Corn Dogs and the Old Carleton Place Alligator Hole –Chef Ben White

Roots Boots and Brick Yards

The Picture of the Year –Who is it? Ralph Shaw




Ralph Shaw getting an award at the Carleton Place Canoe Club late 70s. I bet he thought this picture was buried a long time ago. Surprise!



Terry Latham– Carleton Place Christmas Parade– It was a fariy tale theme. We did Snow White had to drive to montreal to get the costumes.

Happy New Year Ralph!


Ralph Shaw– It was 1977 we bought Vern McCartons insurance business – that’s Vern on the left – Gus Saunders next to him who headed our real estate division Then Glenn Crain our owner – Ted Lemaistre – Richard Schooley and then me ralph shaw 

Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian archive from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.



Crikeys! The Elves Have Been Busy in Carleton Place


Have you seen the newest addition to Ralph Shaw’s sign by the old clay pits where the Carleton Place alligator Digger used to hang out? It is kind of a temporary “2015 addition” in homage to Digger on the corner of Francis and Lake Ave East. As you know the old original alligator sign is safe and hanging in the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.


Of course I am ”outta control” as some say, but I sure would love to see that small piece of corner become homage to our legend, not only for us, but for the tourists that come to town. Another item on my bucket list — if you saw my Market Square idea yesterday. But, since new neighbours will be movin’ in soon into the new development, I could see a tiny park on that corner with chess boards on top of those tree stumps and a bench and maybe a permanent sign or something to Digger. Wouldn’t it also be nice if Birgil would have the old Brickyards, or something to that effect mentioned in the names of those new buildings?


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Thanks to Ralph Shaw for his sense of humour and to 53 Colours for indulging me again.


Buy Linda Secaspina’s Books— Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac– Tilting the Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place and 4 others on Amazon or Amazon Canada or Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place

Dream 1 for Carleton Place–

Back to the Future— Carleton Place—- Project Tim Horton’s