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Canadian Steel Corporation Storm Drain Culvert / Le ponceau du collecteur d'eaux pluviales de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

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Le ponceau du collecteur d'eaux pluviales de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the storm drain culvert for the Canadian Steel Corporation's proposed town of Ojibway; the culvert, outlined in wooden planks, is visible at the left side of the photograph and leads into a water-filled trench; the trench is flanked by two steep dirt banks behind which trees and utility poles are visible; a wooden walkway is visible running vertically on the right side of the photograph; a piece of machinery stands at the end of the walkway and men are scattered throughout the photograph; a man holding a wheelbarrow is visible near the top right corner; hand printed in the bottom left corner is: "Culvert at 1st St. Showing Main Storm Drain. 7-9-17".


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.

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Canada - Ontario - Ojibway

Collection Name

Museum Windsor


1st St. / Rue 1e

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

Construction workers / Travailleur de construction

Culverts / Rigoles

Machinery / Machinerie

Men / Hommes

Ojibway (Ont.)

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Water / Eau

Wheelbarrows / Brouettes

Wooden sidewalks / Brouettes

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