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Tyrconnell (ghost town)

Elgin County, Ontario

Location Owner Dave Summer
Creation Date Oct 11 2011
Status Active
Category Ghost Town
Location Elgin County, Ontario
Site number #3314

Tyrconnell is a Ghost Town on the north <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">shore</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Lake Erie</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>. Having a good natural harbour, Tyrconnell was a busy port in pioneer days. The first settlers arrived around 1809. The first grist mill was built on the creek around 1817. Tyrconnell was somewhat famous for whiskey. The first distillery was built in 1826. Many typical businesses, church and school followed as Tyrconnell grew in size. In 1861 a 500 X 30 foot pier was constructed out into the lake to accommodate larger ships. (The remains of the pier can be seen in the photos) In the 1850’s the railway age began. Eventually <st1:place w:st="on">Port Stanley</st1:place> and Port Burwell (both to the east) got rail service. As with many settlements of this era, the lack of rail service caused a steady decline in population. I have&nbsp;included photos of houses that&nbsp;date back to pioneer days.&nbsp;It is an interesting area to explore. You can drive down to the beach in the summer.

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portable232 was there last weekend, have a few pics too add at some point. Beach access was open..went down looked around, found a geocache. Visited the backus house couldnt find the old church...was surprised how populated it was...expected an abandoned town.
Apr 14 2013
avatar of Dave Summer
Dave Summer The first 5 were taken in February, one in September and the last few Thanksgiving weekend.
Oct 12 2011
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clay70 These pics were clearly taken in the spring eh? :)
Oct 11 2011