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 […]

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