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Rogers, Benj.


Canadian Steel Corporation Blast Furnace / Le haut fourneau de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

Title (Fre)

Le haut fourneau de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the blast furnace of the Canadian Steel Corporation's plant at Ojibway; the furnace consists of seven tall cylinders attached by pipes and steel to each other and to three shorter cylinders; the cylinder at the front of the photo is mounted on a base that is still under construction and there is a crane atop the tall cylinders; an eighth cylinder, which appears to be made of cement rather than steel, is under construction and is placed in the centre of the row of tall cylinders; "No 213 8-21-22 Canadian Steel Corporation, Limited. Blast Furnace Construction. View South West from near No 2 Furnace, showing Furnace and Stove Construction." is typed on a slip of paper glued to the bottom left corner of the photograph and "August 21/22" is hand written in the top right corner; the photographer's stamp, "Benj. Rogers Windsor Canada" appears in the bottom right.


The Canadian Steel Corporation, a subsidiary of the United States Steel Company, purchased an 1800 acre site about 1917 and an elaborate town was planned to house workers at the plant. Roads were built and fire hydrants installed before the town itself was started and a four-lane divided highway separated the plant site from the town and connected it to Windsor, four kilometres away. The recession of the 1920s led the company to reassess the Canadian plant. Some mills were erected but the residential areas were never started. The depression of the 1930s finally killed the project, although the buildings which had been erected were used for war work in the 1940s. The town, which had been incorporated in 1913, remained a municipality although its population never exceded 100. It was annexed by Windsor in 1966, by which time natural regeneration had created a forest on the town site. Part of the site is now Windsor's nature park and the land planned for the Carnegie steel plant was developed for industry and is now known as the Morton Industrial Park. The residential area is now used by a harness racing complex, a new subdivision and the nature park.

Place made

Canada - Ontario - Ojibway

Collection Name

Museum Windsor


Canadian Steel Corporation Ltd. / Société canadienne de l'acier Canadian Steel ltd.

Furnaces / Fourneaux

Hoisting machinery / Grues

Ojibway (Ont.)

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Rogers, Benjamin

Steel industry / Industrie sidérurgique

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