The Kick and Push Railway Line (K & P) was finished in 1884 when it was originally called the Kingston and Pembroke Railway, built by the Kingston and Pembroke Iron Mining Company. There were Iron Mines located along the line at Robertsville and Wilbur. As iron deposits and timber stands lessened the railway began to lose money. Eventually the railway changed to a tourist outfit to keep afloat and the name was changed to the Kick and Push Railway due to its slow ride through the bends and grades of the rocky terrain.
This railway line that ran through the northern sections of Lanark and Frontenac Counties resulted in leaving a few ghost towns and some other semi-ghost towns in the aftermath of the ending of the trains running from Snow Road Station northwards in 1963. From south to north these included: Clarendon Station, Robertsville, Mississippi Station, Snow Road Station, Wilbur, Lavant Station, Folger, Clyde Forks and Flower Station. Clarendon Station, Robertsville, Wilbur and Folger are true ghost towns. The others are not but have some nice old and abandoned buildings mixed with newer homes. 1970 marked the end of the railway for good as the tracks were all lifted that year, leaving the K and P Trail.
Below are some photos taken at Robertsville, Lavant Station, Clyde Forks and Flower Station. Wilbur and Folger have write-ups of their own. Folger is a 'must see' and I got a lot of historical info. from the only elderly couple who still live there.
Enjoy the photos below and be sure to read about Folger as it is one of the province's 'best kept' ghost town secrets that still has structures.