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Canadian Steel Corporation Tile Storage Yards / Aire d'entreposage de tuiles de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

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Aire d'entreposage de tuiles de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the tile storage yards in construction of the Canadian Steel Corporation's proposed town of Ojibway; round concrete tiles are piled up in lines on the left side of the photograph in a large field; bare trees and utility poles are visible throughout the photo; hand printed in the bottom left corner is: "Canadian Steel Corporation Ltd. Townsite Construction General View Looking NW from D. and 17th Streets showing tile storage yards. 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


17th St. / Rue 17e

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

D St. / Rue D

Ojibway (Ont.)

Storage facilities / facilité de stockage

Tiles / Tuiles

Utility poles / Poteaux des services publiques

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