This station was built in 1952 / 53 as a prototype of the stations that would become the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line In 1956, with completion of the line nearing, its role changed to that of a training facility for the personnel that would man the stations in the Arctic.
While spending a typical Sunday afternoon wandering back roads, I spotted this interesting little place. Initially, nothing was really outstanding about the place until I noticed something.
In a few spots around the yard were holes in the ground. Not just any holes... Holes that were just the right length, width and not a bad depth for a grave. I'm sure they weren't... were they?
While driving along, this place suddenly sprung at me from the left. As I was slowing down to turn around, the next place came at me from the right. Excellent!
I turned around and stopped at the first place. It was sealed up quite tight, but I continued with my exteriors. It was then that I noticed someone had stopped on the road and was parked across the back of my truck. Soon, I heard a quad approaching from the next property over.
Peter Camani (pronounced Ka-mar-nee) B.A. has been an artist and teacher of Art at the Secondary School level in Ontario since the mid-'Seventies. An eclectic by nature, his interests have included marathon running, martial arts, farming, agriculture, in addition to painting and sculpture.
-from the sculptor's website.
We drove past this place twice, uncertain as to whether or not it was truly abandoned. I parked at the end of the driveway and cautiously approached, leaving my camera behind, armed only with a cover-story of needing directions to some imagined train station nearby.
The doors seemed recently installed, and some of the items around the outside seemed disturbingly "unabandoned". Still, the electronic power meter on the pole read zero, and a weathered business card was stuck in the back door, so odds are in my favour.
Once a low-security work farm for prisoners, this prison supported an entire town for many years. Houses from the town were either torn down, or sold and moved to other places. The main prison building, and many of its supporting buildings, was also torn down. The only remnants, aside from the outline of streets, sidewalks, and disconnected power poles, is Camp Bison pictured here.
My best information at this time indicates this massive building was completed in 1955 at a cost of $19,000,000 and features a 637-foot stack. The plant was the first of its kind, utilizing a process invented and developed by the company to separate iron from the waste ore produced by mining nickel. The high grade iron that resulted from this proceass gave the company a new revenue stream and boosted the efficiency of their operation overall.