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Canadian Steel Corporation Main Drain / La canalisation principale de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

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La canalisation principale de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the main drain site at the Canadian Steel Corporation's proposed town of Ojibway; a trench runs diagonally from the bottom right corner of the photograph, up through the centre; a steam shovel is working at the end of the trench to continue to dig out the main drain; a tall dirt embankment flanks the trench on the right side; a set of railroad tracks runs parallel to the trench on the left side and carts are visible at the end; hand printed in the bottom left corner is: "Main Drain - Townsite Looking North from Langlois Road. Steam Shovel on 1st Cut. 9-26-17".


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

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Museum Windsor


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

Langlois Rd. / Chemin Langlois

Ojibway (Ont.)

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Railroad tracks / Voie ferrée

Sewerage / Réseau d'égouts

Steam shovels / Pelles à vapeur

Trees / Arbres

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