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More on the Mill Worker’s Stairs

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More on the Mill Worker’s Stairs
Photo- Allan Stanley-another photo of the mill workers stairs from about 1946… pic of my father all decked out (probably on a Sunday). My mother (Elsie Tosh) grew up on the “Island” and knew the stairs well.

The planned 9.5-metre steel staircase pays tribute to the municipality’s mill history and recreates a set of stairs mill workers used. The staircase will allow the Riverwalk to connect Coleman Island to the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail. Mississippi Mills Council awarded the tender for the Mill Workers Staircase to Premium Construction at a special meeting in April.

What could be called the crown jewel of the project is the proposed Mill Workers’ Staircase between Union Street and the former Rosamond Woollen Mill. It will be a timber structure with interpretive plaques.

“It’s a rebuild,” Smithson said, stating the staircase used to provide access for workers at the former mill. “There are plans to have a viewing platform at the top.”

Stakes mark out where the Millworkers’ Staircase will be constructed on Coleman Island this fall. A grand opening is being planned for the spring.

Contract No.20-08 Fabrication and Installation of the Mill Worker’s Stair Structure


Closing: March 12, 2020 at 2:00pm

D.W. Building – $137,424.73
TLC Exteriors – $157,208.00
Premium Const. – $127,700.00
M. Sullivan – $251,157.00

Sealed tenders on forms supplied by the Corporation of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills will be received at the offices of the Corporation of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, at 3131 Old Perth Road, P.O. Box 400, Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0 no later than 2:00p.m. local time, Thursday, March 12th, 2020, for the Fabrication and Installation of the Mill Worker’s Stair Structure.

Tenders will be opened in public at the municipality’s offices immediately following closing time on Thursday, March 12th, 2020.

The general scope of work includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the supply of all materials, fabrication, delivery and erection and construction of a new steel staircase complete with steel landings, steel railings and hand railings, steel supporting columns, concrete slab-on-grade, concrete and helical pile footings.

Complete tender documents (electronic .pdf version, free of charge) will be available on Monday, February 24th, 2020 from HP Engineering Inc., 2039 Robertson Road, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 8R2 and will be sent via email upon request.

The successful bidder will be required to provide a 100% performance bond and 50% materials and labour payment bond upon execution of the contract agreement. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. For further information, the project manager can be contacted as follows:

below Cameron St Willard old house on the small island- Unexpected Almonte
March 27 at 8:40 AM  · 

The stairs were for mill the mill workers who lived on the other side of town from the main mill, which was on an island in the river.

Harry Walker in front of the 39 steps in Almonte from Almonte.com

Brenda Voyce MunroI remember these stairs

Margaret McNeelyRemember them well….use to climb them to go to Uncle Alec’s and Aunt Chrissie’s farm at end of Union St.

Cathy PatersonI remember Mr Walker and the stairs

Peggy ByrneNew stairs will have a rest area, not like the old days when the mill workers traversed them multiple times a day

Marty TaylorWasn’t it “39 steps”? Oh, wait, that was Hitchcock.

John CraigThat staircase would be a killer the first couple weeks till you built up your leg muscles.

John HudsonI used the steps while going to High School

Maureen ThompsonFrom my grannie Voyce’s place

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March 28 at 11:54 AM  · Millworkers Staircase is in place near Textile Museumhttps://millstonenews.com/millworkers-staircase-is-in…/After years of planning and fundraising, the new version of the Millworkers Staircase was dropped into place on Coleman Island near the Textile Museum this week.The staircase is in the same location as a wooden version that once ran from Union Street to “The Island.” Many residents still remember playing there as children or using it as a shortcut to the high school or to work at the Mill.Completion of the new staircase was made possible in particular through public financial support–by last fall residents had contributed over $70,000 through individual donations and fundraising events. The offer by Mike Dupuis to make his private bridge by the site accessible for public use also played a key role. The installation of the staircase is a major component in the continuing work on Phase 2 of the Riverwalk. That includes: – the Mill Workers’ Walk (from Union Street to the rail trail) – the Carleton Street Walk (from Back Bridge to the Textile Museum) – the Coleman Island stone dust trail from Wellington St to the staircase on the earthen dam – four benches along the stone-dust trail – landscaping – the installation of interpretive & directional signage & of the donor recognition plaquesAs of yesterday there still a few finishing touches remaining until the staircase is open to the public.March 28, 2021 – 11:53 am

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