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Canadian Steel Corporation Concrete Tile Plant / Usine de carreaux et tuiles en béton de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

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Usine de carreaux et tuiles en béton de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the concrete tile plant for the Canadian Steel Corporation's construction of the Ojibway townsite; a number of concrete tiles are standing on the left side of the photograph; there are a number of men standing on a makeshift platform and one man is wheeling a wheelbarrow to the top of the platform; a long, four-wheeled cart is standing in the centre of the photograph and three men are standing around it, two of whom have wheelbarrows; a second platform is partially visible on the right side of the photograph and numerous white sacks, filled and tied, are stacked on top; hand printed in the bottom left corner is: "Canadian Steel Corporation Ltd. Townsite Construction Concrete Tile Plant Brennan and Hollingsworth Contractors. 4-23-18".


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


Brennan & Hollingsworth

Building materials / Matériaux de construction

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

Carts & wagons / Charrettes & chariots

City planning / Planification urbaine

Concrete / Béton

Construction workers / Travailleur de construction

Men / Hommes

Ojibway (Ont.)

Progress photographs / Photographies Progress

Steel industry / Industrie sidérurgique

Tiles / Tuiles

Wheelbarrows / Brouettes

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