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

Title (Fre)

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




Black and white photograph of the main drain in the Canadian Steel Corporation's proposed town of Ojibway; the wooden hull of the drain is visible running vertically through the centre of the photograph; dirt banks are visible on each side of the drain; part of a crane is visible on the right side and a small hut is visible in the foreground in the bottom right corner; on the left bank there are piles of building materials, a set of railroad tracks and construction workers are visible; hand printed in the bottom left corner is: "Main Drain - Looking Southeast from 11th St. STA. 13350.585N. 11-6-17".


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.

Place made

Canada - Ontario - Ojibway

Collection Name

Museum Windsor


Building materials / Matériaux de construction

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

City planning / Planification urbaine

Construction workers / Travailleur de construction


Hoisting machinery / Grues

Huts / Baraques

Men / Hommes

Ojibway (Ont.)

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Sewerage / Réseau d'égouts

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