||March 19, 2010
Powassan Main Street Good News
I wrote recently about the demolition of the Windsor Hotel
on Powassan’s Main Street. I also wrote about the closing of the Pat Moore’s
Appliance and Furniture Store on Main St. in 2008 (Article #311 Oct 10, 2008).
The store was absorbed by Home Hardware (see photo).
||Main Street Powassan showing restored Stillar
building and expanded Home Hardware. D. Mackey photo.
On a more positive heritage note I was reminded of the
remarkable restoration of the 1891 store next to the Home Hardware. Gary Stillar
and his wife Lori won an Ontario Heritage Award for the project (see online
articles #2 April 14, 2000 & #35 December 15, 2000). (Google Heritage
Perspectives for index and click on title of article.) The Glenn Pharmacy in the
heritage building across the street from Stillars has moved next door to a
larger newer building that will enliven Main Street. It will be interesting to
see what happens on the Windsor Hotel site.
Nipissing Junction Heritage Designation
Eva MacWilliams wrote about the effort by Deryk Hagar of
North Bay to acquire a heritage designation for the remarkable confluence of
heritage activity at Nipissing Junction in North Bay. I attended one of Derek’s
presentations and I show here a fascinating surveyors’ drawing from the
presentation of how the village was to look before history pushed North Bay’s
centre to the west. It’s a great project and deserves full municipal and
heritage community support. If you have any information that may be of interest
contact Deryk at 478-7481.
Surveyors’ drawing of proposed Nipissing Junction
Village. Roy Summers image
Alligators of the North
I have written about the remarkable steam warping tug –
better known as an alligator – that changed the face of logging in the late
1800s and early decades of the 1900s.
There has never been a definitive book on the subject until now. The late
Clarence Coons an outstanding historian researched a book before he died. The
Canadian Forestry Association has overseen the publishing of it. It is
available now from the Association at a reduced price prior to going into stores
||Cover of Alligator of the North book. Submitted
The steam powered tug could crawl over ground using cables
to get at logs and could haul them quickly across water to the mills. John West
and James Peachey from Simcoe designed and produced the vessel and the West &
Peachey name became part of the logging vocabulary.
Historian Harry Barrett from the Simcoe area oversaw the organization of the
book and Dundurn Press published it.
The coffee table book has a Tom Thompson painting of an
abandoned alligator on the cover and has 80 photos. The Canadian Forestry
Association is selling advanced copies for $30 + $5 for shipping. Send cheque to
Canadian Forestry Association 200-1027 Pembroke Street, Pembroke, Ontario, K8A
3M4. (1-866-441-4006 toll free). Two of my columns are referenced in the book,(
March 2 & March 9, 2000.)
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