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Canadian Steel Corporation Saw Mill Clearing Plant Site / Chantier de la scierie de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

Title (Fre)

Chantier de la scierie de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the saw mill clearing the plant site for the Canadian Steel Corporation at Ojibway; a long hut made of wood extends in toward the centre of the photo from the left; it has a smokestack on top and a small lean-to on the side; a small shelter is visible in the centre of the photograph; surrounding the hut and shelter are numerous boards and planks; bare and partially bare trees are visible in the background of the photograph.


The Canadian Steel Corporation, a subsidiary of the United States Steel Company, purchased an 1800 acre site around 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.

City planning / Planification urbaine

Huts / Baraques

Logs / Bûches

Mills / Moulins

Ojibway (Ont.)

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Trees / Arbres

Woodcutting / Abattage des arbres

Wooden buildings / Edifice de bois

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