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Craigmont (ghost town)
Located in: Hastings County
Location #890
Location Owner: clay70
Creation Date: 10/4/2009
Last Updated: 8/1/2011

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This vanished ghost town/ mine was once the world's largest producer of corundum. This mineral was first found here in 1876. By 1900 the mine there began with a town built to house the miners. There were sections of the settlement- the west side was the mine and the east side was the town.

The town had a community hall that showed plays and fashion exhibits. It had boardwalks, a store, tailors, a barber, a photographer and a surgeon. They did not have a tavern, so the miners would travel to Combermere to get their fill of alcohol.

At its height, the mine produced 80% of Canada's corundum and the town had a population of 600. A fire hit the mine in 1913 and the crushing operation was moved to this sister mine at Burgess. The town went bust by 1921.

Take 517 south from Combermere. This drive is awesome in the fall with the mountain scapes and changing colours, mixed with the ghostly old buildings. Turn left at Craigmont Rd. and head left at the fork in the road. The mine was right on the left side by the mountain. Go back to the main road and head south. This was part of the old townsite. I have some cool photos below.

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Created on:8/1/2011
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