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Location Discussions By dieter

dieter The foregoing being of academic value only as the site is now completely demolished.

view post •  Jul 27 2013  • 0 like(s)

dieter Ah ... I understand the source of the confusion. This is Canada Post not respecting the political boundries (as usual). The postal code (K0G 1N0) is, indeed Merrickville Wolford, but the site is actually within the boundries of the City of Ottawa. To add to the confusion, the phone number lsited is on the 269 exchange, which is the Bell CO situated in Merrickville.

view post •  Jul 27 2013  • 0 like(s)

dieter This site is on the extreme western boundry of the amalgamated City of Ottawa. The township of Montague continues west from this point all the way to Smiths Falls. The township of Merrickville Wolford is almost entirely south of the Rideau River (with the exception of less than 1 sq KM which is within the limits of the village proper). I am in a good position to be certain of this fact :)

view post •  Jun 23 2013  • 0 like(s)

dieter The house has been 50 percent demolished for over a month now. Work crews are usually there every day working on what's left of the other buildings. This location is actually in Ottawa (but not by much).

view post •  Jun 16 2013  • 0 like(s)

dieter This was, of course, the Ottawa Arnprior & Parry Sound Railway (OAPSR), or just "The J.R. Booth road". I recommend the book "Over the hills to Georgian Bay". A very good history and lots of photos.

view post •  Sep 08 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter Had a cottage just outside of Barrys Bay in the '80's and used to visit the roundhouse site every summer. I found a few photos I took in 1987 during one visit. A good friend worked for CN on the Madawaska sub. Many good stories about the places up there.

view post •  Sep 08 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter Ok, last comment. Parks created a "stabilsed ruin" (their term) in 1982 by partially demolishing an important heritage building. Last year, they fenced-off the entire site after an engineering report suggested that the ruin was unstable and in danger of collapse. Irony anyone?

view post •  Sep 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter The turbine and generator (dynamo, as some would have it) is one of two original units removed from the red brick building directly beside the "ruined" mill.

view post •  Sep 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter It would be a different place if they had actually gone through with this (including a Rideau Canal Headquarters in the very "ruin" you have documented herein). But I digress...

view post •  Sep 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter You are in Smiths Falls. Go to the Parks Canada Rideau Canal headquarters and discover for yourself. I recommend "Rideau Canal Site Survey 7", from June, 1976. This is one section of the Parks Canada master plan initially proposed for all of the sites along the Rideau Canal (including Ottawa, Merrickville, Smiths Falls, Kingston, etc.).

view post •  Sep 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter Up until 1982, it was an intact building in very good repair. Parks decided to partially demolish it in order to create an "interpretive" ruin as part of the industrial island complex. The history of this site is very well documented (the first mill on the site dating back to the late 1780's, early 1790's).

view post •  Sep 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter Yes. A woollen mill, to be precise. This 3-storey mill is a manufactured ruin courtesy of Parks Canada; created after they assumed control of the Rideau Canal (from the Dept of Transport).

view post •  Sep 07 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter One of a few hotels along the old Highway 16 (now part of the extended Prince of Wales). This place was abandoned when I was riding my bike along HWY 16 more than 30 years ago. How it has survived demolition this long has always been a mystery to me.

view post •  Mar 05 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter It's the old E.B. Eddy digestor tower. Extensively documented ... here is a good summary: http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/hull/rw_68_ie.shtml Anyone who grew up in Ottawa will remember the lovely smell of cabbage wafting over from the Hull side when the wind blew from the north.

view post •  Jan 15 2012  • 0 like(s)

dieter Radio Canada headquarters (CBC French Service), to be more exact. The old CBC headquarters (Heron @ Bronson) was assumed by CSE (Edward Drake Building)... which would explain why the number of cameras around the building increased *after* CBC moved to Queen St. :)

view post •  Oct 25 2011  • 0 like(s)