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.
Still on my way home from Ottawa, I spotted this place off the side of the road and decided to double back for a closer look.
Despite it's obvious state of collapse, I found the place quite interesting. The old architecture, the open field surrounding it, and even the odd old farm implement.
Continuing on our drive home from Ottawa, and having just completed our brief tour of Bristol Mine, we spotted this fascinating old farm house.
We were not able to enter the house given that none of the doors were open. Instead, we chose simply to take pictures of the outside, and whatever could be seen through the open window.
Iron Mining began in this Quebec community as early as 1872. This specific open-pit operation began in 1956, under Hilton Mines. It featured one of the first ore-pelletizing plants in Canada. Production apparently ended, for the most part, in 1976.