The sawmill has stood on this site since the 1906 incorporation of Blind River as a town. In 1929, the Carpenter Hixon Company built a state-of-the-art pine cutting facility that would survive until shortage of available wood due to forest fires, and failing local economy would close the mill in 1969.
Today, some buildings appear to be semi-active, at least for storage. Most of it is locked up quite tight and inaccessible.
I had been here once before, in 2004, but never really took the time to have a look around. On this particular day, I had visited the St. Joseph's Indian Residential School but was unable to secure permission. I was also on my way to check out two more houses along Highway 17. Since I had some additional time to kill, I stopped here.
The weather was goofy, alternating between clear, blue skies, and overcast threatening snow. The wind was pretty chilly for such an outdoor activity, but I found it interesting just the same, and certainly worth the stop.