Category: Early Days

80 years of history at the Carleton Tavern

By Dave Allston – Kitchissippi’s most famous gathering place, the Carleton Tavern, turned 80 this year, and was marked with a week of celebrations this summer. A throwback to the city taverns that once dotted the working class neighbourhoods throughout the city, the Carleton is a piece of […]

This illustration by Bob Prescott of LAC Image depicts James Skead's second sawmill at Westboro Beach.

Loss of life, loss of jobs

By Bob Grainger – On the morning of November 1, 1871, the residents of the Westboro Beach area awoke to an immense fire consuming James Skead’s brand new steam sawmill on the shore of the Ottawa River. Senator Skead had constructed his mill just two years before, and […]

The answer to our mystery might be found in this fire insurance plan map of the area from 1945.

A solution to our Kitchissippi mystery?

In the July 10 issue of KT, Bob Grainger’s column presented a Kitchissippi mystery. Early aerial photographs of the Champlain Bridge showed two different approaches, and we asked readers for their thoughts on the issue. This response is from local historian, Dave Allston: The double approach to the Champlain […]