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Swimming at the Dam, St. James Park and Other Things

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Swimming at the Dam, St. James Park and Other Things

 

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Photos from Google Image and The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

 

 

Letters to the Editor June 1981, Carleton Place Canadian about the proposed St. James Park and the Public Utilities Confrontation.

Dear Editor,

To do with the location of the new hydro complex. As far as I’m concerned is a bunch of bull. The Bell Street location is as good as any in my books.

The commission and some town people want a new park instead of a new building. This spring some concerned citizens complained about it being unsafe, so hydro had to fence it off, to keep the kids away from the dam.

If the town wants to improve the river, to see the dam, they should be looking into that eyesore and rat trap of the old Ritchie Mill property and get something done with it.

It is not unsafe there as where as where the hydro building on Bell Street should be. Also a new building would not spoil the view of the damn if put on the present location.

D. Warren- Carleton Place

 

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Sunday, October 21, 1928-Photo From the Millie Aitkenhead collection- by the old hydro damn- St. James in the backgroundSunday, October 21, 1928-Photo From the Millie Aitkenhead collection- by the old hydro damn- St. James in the background

 

As a concerned ratepayer I feel some dark areas should be explored. Has the possibility of renovating the existing building been properly explored? Who was upset with Ken Drummond taking a survey? I am opposed to the idea that the Bell Street area be used as a park area. The area is extremely dangerous even at low water. The town of Carleton Place placed an ad on May 21, 1980 in the Canadian : “Warning children of the area to be careful of the swift running waters of the Mississippi River.”

On May 28, 1980 Constable Barker stated that 4 girls were walking on the dam. Police warned that any youngsters caught at the dam a second time would be charged with trespassing before one of our children is lost at the Mississippi River. Aside from the popular danger couldn’t the building be situated on the Bell Street property to allow a reasonable view of the river? Perhaps our Hydro Commission should move more cautiously towards a finalization of plans.

Bob Gordon

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Today I am looking for comments about swimming at the dam

Doug B. McCarten We used to swim to the dam from McDaniels on Bell St. and sometimes jump off the roof of the hydro building or most fun was to walk along the ledge into the tunnel where the water came out of the hydro bldg which was aerated and warm! Probably not the smartest thing to do lol! The new bridge on hwy #7 bypass was a great place too! LOL

Dan Williams You could also jump off the ledge at the back into the discharge. Great fun!

Terry Latham My brother Ron neer lost his leg there cant recall how many stitches they had to give him.

Dan Williams It was really odd because kids had been swimming there for years and I don’t believe anybody else got hurt. My older brothers all swam there and never mentioned anything. I guess he just missed the spot you were supposed to hit.

Terry Latham Old broken drain tile. We think..
Ian Williams Yep. I think it got cut down after some kid got hung up in the rope!

Dwight Munro that was my swimming hole to i did the same thing jumping off the roof and down in the hole on the rock it was fun . and the big tree on the shore line all of it gone now .that is where i started to swim.

Jan McCarten Sansom If only your mothers knew what you were up to!! I do remember someone drowning there while swimming…they got sucked under and went over the dam!

Sandra Rattray I also swam at these same spots, that is without my parents’ consent. They would have grounded me for the rest of the summer. I wasn’t even a strong swimmer. One summer someone had strung a rope from the railing around the hydro plant to the corner of the dam. We all proceeded to use this to get to the dam. One day I reached for the dam and there was a board out. I then fell over it and was having a hard time getting up with the water rushing over it (although it was shallow). One of the McNeely boys jumped in and helped me out. That was an experience.

Wendy LeBlanc We were absolutely forbidden to go down to that end of James Street or over to the back bridges. Even if Mum needed something at Bennett’s Butcher Shop, we had to walk what we deemed to be the long way along Bridge Street via George Street. However, I am quite certain that brother Wayne joined Doug B. McCarten in breaking the family rules by spending a lot of time at the dam, and at the back bridges..

Doug B. McCarten Yup! I don’t think I had a restriction like that…..Wayne and I loved the Pike hole on McArthur Island! That’s where we got caught smoking! My Mom actually did say “If Wayne Robertson jumped off the new bridge, would you do it too?” I don’t think I ever did tell her how many times Wayne and I jumped from the railing of that bridge hahaha—Swimming at the dam was a given…..lol

 

 

 

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

The Power of the Mississippi River Dam in Carleton Place

Finding a New Photo from the Guelph Archives #Excitement

Finding a New Photo from the Guelph Archives #Excitement

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Finding a New Photo from the Guelph Archives #Excitement

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Mississippa(sic) River, Carleton Place–Guelph Public Library Archives (ON00126c6-0-0-0-0-766)

I spend a lot of the day searching for things. If I find a photo I have never seen before–well, that is an amazing day for me (I have high goals LOl), and today going through what I call ‘a back door’ looking for information on the Robinson family I came across this photo of Carleton Place from the Guelph Public Library Archives (ON00126c6-0-0-0-0-766)

I had never seen the photo before, and when I saw the listing I realized why it never came up. Mississippi was spelled wrong and the same way it was spelled on the back of the 9 by 12  mounted photo at the archives. The word “sic” was placed beside it meaning it was used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original.

To the left in the photo you can see what is now St. James Park, which was originally the site of the Rosamond Woolen Mill and then home to a sawmill owned by the Canada Lumber Co. which is what you see in the photo. Their lumberyard was where St. James’s Elliot Hall is located. In 1911 the abandoned mill was demolished and replaced by the Carleton Place Hydro Company. So because the hydro dam is not there this photo was before 1911.

Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added this:

Now we have a photograph of the Brown and MacDonald Woolen Mill that sat just east of the Brown & Sons Flour Mill. That’s the stone house belonging to Allan MacDonald tucked behind it. Look at the hydro pole mid river! That small tower on the roof of the Brown flour mill – that’s new to us. And such a great, detailed view of the Canada Lumber Company – wow.
We will be ordering a high resolution image from the Guelph Archives for our collection right away!

SAME location a few years later from the collection of Carleton Place after the dam was built

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Another view from the Photo-Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

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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.

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Found by Aiden Daigle
Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum added this:
Now we have a photograph of the Brown and MacDonald Woolen Mill that sat just east of the Brown & Sons Flour Mill. That’s the stone house belonging to Allan MacDonald tucked behind it. Look at the hydro pole mid river! That small tower on the roof of the Brown flour mill – that’s new to us. And such a great, detailed view of the Canada Lumber Company – wow.
We will be ordering a high resolution image from the Guelph Archives for our collection right away!