Latlng: (42.869, -81.769)

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Middlesex County

Napier (ghost town)

Discovered by Dave Summer
Created Sep 13 2010
Recent status Abandoned
Category Ghost Town
City Middlesex County, Ontario
Location # 1959

Napier was first settled around 1830 by a group of disbanded British military officers. It is located on Bear Creek. By 1838 Napier already had a school, church and a military academy. Napier was surrounded by walnut trees, so in the 1850(a)s they put up saw and grist mills. A store and post office was added at about the same time. Interesting to note that one of the settlers had set up a steam powered saw mill and grist mill at some point. In the 1870(a)s the population grew up over 200. From what I(a)ve read Napier continued to grow and became a small manufacturing center. As with many small centers, it was the coming of the railroad that hurt Napier. It made it more difficult to compete with those on the railway line. The photos I have here are some of what is left.

Latlng: (42.869, -81.769)

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avatar of punchbowl
punchbowl Great pictures!! - I love the General Store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 04 2012
avatar of spydrgyrl
spydrgyrl Nice .. I love what they've done with the millstone. :)
Oct 26 2011
avatar of mobileworks
mobileworks thanks for the inside shot of the store !
Jun 29 2011
avatar of Dave Summer
Dave Summer It was a great location. I've added a couple more shots. I was running out of time. The rain was coming. I do plan to go back in the fall once the leaves have fallen. dave
Sep 15 2010
avatar of clay70
clay70 sweet...this seems like one of the better ghost towns in Western Ontario...
Sep 13 2010