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McKinnon (ghost town)

Location #2131
City: Springwater Township
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Status: Abandoned
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Created By:clay70
Creation Date: 11/8/2010
Last Updated: 9/2/2018
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West of the ghost town of Josephine in the Minesing Swamp sits another ghost town called McKinnon. Pioneer settlers arrived here in the mid-1800's and a settlement was set up around a mill on the Nottawasaga River. I assume this was a sawmill because logging occurred in the area and because the Notty flows too slow for grist mill activity. In time huge spring floods wiped the village out. (It is one of only 2 spots in Ontario where Walleye will spawn on land because in the spring the water covers the low-lying land up to 7 feet in depth).

5 former homestead foundations remain as well as the mill foundations. The bridge, built 1927, has been refurbished by the snowmobile club. It was built for logging purposes.

A geo-cache has been set up to mark the location. One can get here via the McKinnon Rd. trail north of Angus or by canoe, but WATCH out for the Giant Hogweed that is infesting the area. I hope someone will get here sometime soon to get photos.

In the meantime there are 2 websites that showcase the ghost town and the bridge in the links below.

** I am hoping someone can get here and get some photos of all the remains of this settlement...**


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Address: 9700 Mckinnon Rd, New Lowell, ON L0M 1N0, Canada

clay70 7/1/2014 9:17:40 PM

Looking forward to tims photos. Did you guys find the sawmill location?

driverv 7/1/2014 8:52:01 PM

That was a pretty challenging exploration...

superss 7/1/2014 1:08:28 AM

Answer to Clay, without looking. Genesis!

timo explorer
timo explorer 6/30/2014 11:59:09 PM

I was joined by driverv for the journey. The pair of us pushed our way through to visit the entire town, or whats left of it.

clay70 6/30/2014 11:14:49 PM

Trivia: What band wrote the progressive rock song "Return of the Giant Hogweed" in 1971?

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