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McCraney (ghost town)

Located in: Algonquin Park
Location #846

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Location Owner:clay70
Creation Date: 9/13/2009
Last Updated: 4/5/2010


A mill town called McCraney (aka "Rain Lake") was located in the township of the same name on the SW side of Algonquin Park on the south shore of Rain Lake. It had a sawmill, church/schoolhouse, Orange Lodge (the only one in the park), a boarding house and homes. In 1896 Booth's Railway came to the village and a station was erected. The village lasted on after the trees were depleted and became a touristy outpost until 1959 when the tracks were lifted for good. That was the end of the backwoods village deep in the forest.

To see a detailed map circa 1922 of the entire park check this link: http://www.markinthepark.com/downloads/algonquin_park_maps/1922/1922_cnr_algonquin_park_map.jpg

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Category: Ghost Town

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McCraney (ghost town)
Created on:6/30/2010
Created by: clay70
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WrecksdaleWreck says:
10/24/2012 7:03:06 PM

I've heard that McCraney was the site of the Brennan Co. sawmill. After the railway was completed though this area, Brennan relocated to here from near Tioga in Tossorontio, in Simcoe County.

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On 10/27/2017 7:14:11 PM user clay70 changed the following: description