Industrial

Curtis Wright Buffalo

I drove along the street, looking for the specific building I wanted. There were more run-down industrial buildings along here than I expected, so my head was kind of on a swivel. I love this sh*t!

Locating the building I was looking for, I took a swing down a side street, along the fence line looking for a way in. I spotted one toward the end, and was ready to go for it. All that was left was to park the truck and bask in the decay.

Field Lumber

History: 

The lumber mill in Field, Ontario was founded in 1914 by Zotique Mageau, and would provide employment for the town and surrounding areas for over 80 years.

On October 9, 1922, the original mill was destroyed by fire but soon rebuilt. The company was sold to Alfred Laberge, a Sudbury businessman in 1941, who in turn sold it to Jack Hope in 1956.

Bannerman's Arsenal

History: 

Pollepel Island is located in the Hudson River approximately 80km north of New York City. It was first discovered by early Dutch settlers from New York City, and was widely regarded by the native population to be haunted.

Tembec Sawmill

History: 

The buildings on this 136-acre property were first constructed in 1973 by Sklar Furniture. Later, it would be taken over by G.W. Martin and expanded. Tembec would eventually take over Martin's operations here, and the number of jobs would, at one point, peak at 500.

Lower Branch Sawmill

If you didn't know it was here, and you were driving by at any speed, you're quite likely to miss this place, at least during the summer months. The lighting inside was a little strange for picture-taking, but with much of the equipment left behind, it was an interesting explore.

Textiles Belding Corticelli

History: 

Belding Smith and Company began business in 1876 and was incorporated in 1877. In 1883, this textile factory was first built, and expanded over the years. By 1920, the company was renamed Belding Corticelli Ltd.

During World War II, the company produced socks for soldiers, parachute rigging, suture thread, and thread for badges and insignias. After the war, they produced elastic bands, cords, ropes, belt fabrics, and laces.

Collingwood Grain Elevator

History: 

Constructed in 1929, this structure stands over 100 feet high, and had a capacity of 228,000 bushels of grain. The facility closed in 1993.

Currently a business appears to be operating in part of the building working on boats.


Personal Commentary: 

We weren't actually able to get a look inside this place, although I understand it has been done. One side of the property is part of a marina, while the other side is a public park. We were also surprised by a bat in broad daylight.

Cobalt Refinery

History: 

The refinery was first opened by Silanco Mining and Refining Company in 1949. A smelter was built by Cobalt Chemical and Refinery Company in 1949, but burned down the following year. It was rebuilt again by 1954 but soon closed again due to changes in the refining process.