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Searchmont (ghost town)

Located in: Algoma District
Location #2609
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Location Owner:timo explorer
Creation Date: 4/17/2011
Last Updated: 10/3/2017



Description

Searchmont is a seasonal town, providing excellent skiing in the winter (it draws people from the United States) and hiking/biking trails in the summer. There are resorts to accomodate seasonal tourists. There still exists a small and cozy train station as well as a large abandoned industrial factory nearby. Thanks to Cameron for showing me this site during the summer of 2002.

The old railway station still stands, how rare. However a sign on the station indicated that the Heritage Foundation would like to hear from anybody interested in saving the building. Yes, it's scheduled to be demolished just as all old railway stations have been. Further down the railway station lies an old mill with plenty to explore. This isn't an old town however it will provide you with a couple of hours of entertainment. Please don't vandalize.

The factory behind the train station is the old lumber mill which belonged to Weldwood of Canada. There is a spur line to the Algoma Railway. I found the old furnaces to be very photogenic. Caution should be used while wandering around the mill, watch for sinkholes, nails, sharp objects and weak floors.

The church located on the site is St. Hubert. Judging from what I can gather, it was originally built in the 1920s, and used until the early 1990s. The interior is in excellent condition. There is a desk in the back room full of church documents, song books and even banners from different seasonal themes. There is also access to the pastors office upstairs, which looks to have been used mostly for storage. Outside the church is a small cemetery, which is more of a burial mound, as is it elevated from the surrounding land. Several white wooden crosses are found here, and only one stone.. that of Michael LeGould who died in 1923.

There are also a couple of other building on the factory site, including the Shipping Shack and two portable dorms.

Mike Faubert provided this information:

Hay and company started around 1957. The original mill machinery came from the Haliburton area. The mill was purchased by Weldwood of Canada and run until GW Martin purchased it. The mill was sold after Grenville Martin passed away in a plane crash. It run by Lajambe until it closed around 1989. There was a sawmill on the east side of the highway just as you enter searchmont , before the tracks. At one time a charcaol mill was located near the bottom of the ski hill. The train station still stands as in the photo on the same site. The public school was closed due to low enrollment, i believe about 12 students down from about 150 in the 70s.

Location: Take highway 17 west to Sault Ste Marie. Searchmont itself is on Highway 556 East.



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Ghost Train
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:10/3/2017
Created by: charlemagne
5 photos
Remains of The Mill
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/9/2014
Created by: alipetz76
4 photos
Train Station
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
14 photos
outside factory
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
6 photos
towers
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
7 photos
2002 photos
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: OAP
19 photos
shipping shack
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
5 photos
furnaces
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
8 photos
St. Hubert Church
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
20 photos
inside factory
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:4/17/2011
Created by: timo explorer
14 photos
Searchmont Bus
Searchmont (ghost town)
Created on:2/19/2011
Created by: tfavretto
4 photos


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Status: Abandoned
Category: Ghost Town



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charlemagne says:
10/3/2017 5:40:08 PM

Could only check out the train station unfortunately as the less explorer minded friend of mine had a smoke in the car. Very uncommon to see abandoned train stations so caught in the balance between decay and revival - especially in southern ontario

alipetz76 says:
4/9/2014 2:30:46 AM

I will be planning on going on back out there, just have to keep an eye on things since the mill itself is finally gone due to sharp steel and a ton of nails. and yes St. Hubert's church is still standing. I heard from the land owner they want to relocate it somewhere. but who knows!

alipetz76 says:
4/9/2014 2:25:10 AM

it is very sad too say that the old abandoned lumber mill in Searchmont finally got torn down. I have four pictures that I will post right now. Sorry I'm using the wifes account.

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On 10/3/2017 5:44:50 PM user charlemagne uploaded photos : IMG_0564.JPG / IMG_0565.JPG / IMG_0576.JPG / IMG_0586.JPG / IMG_0590.JPG / to SID: 1032017144017
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