P7121

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ID Number

P7121

Item Name

Image

Title

Canadian Steel Corporation Coal Dock Construction / La construction du quai à charbon de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

Title (Fre)

La construction du quai à charbon de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

Date

1918/06/08

Description

Black and white photograph of the Coal Dock construction for the Canadian Steel Corporation at Ojibway; a wide ridge of rock and dirt runs vertically through the centre of the photograph; two men, one in the foreground and one further back, are standing atop the ridge; an incomplete set of railway tracks are in evidence at the bottom of the ridge on the right and two men and some surveying equipment are standing beside the tracks; a body of water is visible in the background; printed in the bottom left corner of the photo is: "Canadian Steel Corporation Ltd. Coal Dock Construction. General view of top of Spoil Bank. Looking west from Sta. 16320N - 14375W 6-3-18".

History

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

Subjects

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

Coal / Charbon

Excavation

Men / Hommes

Ojibway (Ont.)

Piers & wharves / Appontements et quais

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Steel industry / Industrie sidérurgique

Surveying / Arpentage

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