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June 8, 2014

Alton Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

Filed under: Mill,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Alton Mill: Ontario's Old Mills

Alton Mill: Ontario’s Old Mills

From the Ontario Heritage Plaque

“The Alton Mill was established on the bank of Shaw’s Creek in 1881 by local industrialist and philanthropist William Algie. Known as the Beaver Knitting Mill, it was renowned across Canada for its production of fleece-lined long underwear. Although it miraculously survived the great Alton flood of 1889, the mill was struck by a disastrous fire in 1908, which reduced the original three-and-a-half storey limestone building to its present two storeys.

In 1935 Frederick N. Stubbs of the Western Rubber Co. converted the mill to manufacture rubber products including balloons for Disney and condoms for Canadian troops during the Second World War. The mill remained in operation until 1982 and was the longest- running water -powered mill on the upper Credit River system.”

 

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8 Comments »

  1. That is one cool photo! Like the snowy butt:)

    Comment by Dawn Fine — April 13, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

  2. That’s a pretty message and nice history you present Harold. Nice shots!

    Comment by Chris — April 14, 2011 @ 5:19 am

  3. My wife is from Ontario and when I showed her this page, she knew of it and had visited it in the past. What amazes me is that the building is still standing and what it says about the construction. Nearly 150 years old and still standing – most new buildings wont last that long.
    Nice photos.

    Comment by Charlie — August 21, 2011 @ 3:46 am

  4. Thanks Charlie. The building looks great and the businesses seem to be thriving.

    Comment by Harold — August 21, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  5. Harold, your photos are just amazing! Thank you so much for a little back story to go along with them!

    Comment by Eva — September 13, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  6. Thank you Eva!!

    Comment by Harold — September 13, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  7. I love the way the snow makes the picture feel like time was stopped and nature continued. You did a great job at capturing a moment. Thank you for sharing with us. 🙂

    Comment by Sarah — September 23, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  8. As I sit here in Australia looking at this photo I am greatly miss (and remember) all my snowy childhood days in Vancouver. And. My parents tell me they just had a big dump not a few days ago.

    Harold, were you allowed to go inside the mill and take a look around?

    Comment by Richard — November 26, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

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