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Canadian Steel Corporation Main Drain Excavation / L'excavation de la canalisation principale de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel

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L'excavation de la canalisation principale de la société canadienne d'acier Canadian Steel




Black and white photograph of the construction of the main drain for the Canadian Steel Corporation's proposed town of Ojibway; a wide trench runs vertically through the centre of the photograph; the trench is half-filled with water and has uneven dirt banks on each side; trees are visible on the left bank and a crane is visible in the background on the right bank; the head and shoulders of a man wearing a hat and walking to the right is visible in the immediate foreground of the photograph.


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


5th St. / Rue 5e

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

City planning / Planification urbaine


Hats / Chapeaux

Hoisting machinery / Grues

Land / Terre

Men / Hommes

Ojibway (Ont.)

Sewerage / Réseau d'égouts

Trees / Arbres

Water / Eau

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