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Report - G.W. Martin Lumber Mill - Harcourt, Canada (Visited 2012-Posted April 2013)

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by jerm IX, Apr 29, 2013.

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    jermalism: Abandonment Issues: G.W. Martin Lumber Mill


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    ...Logging began in this area in the 1800s, and continues to this day. The mill at this location was one of three in the Baptiste Lake area, and was promptly rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1930. An internet search revealed that the G.W. Martin Lumber Company still operates a transportation service, with one driver and one truck in their fleet.

    On this day, the transport truck is parked in front of the massive warehouse, and no one is around for miles, but for the traffic whizzing by and four or five young children jumping from the nearby bridge into the river below. Machinery and stacks of lumber are peppered about the massive fields, amongst the many buildings, most of which are easily accessible. The kiln rooms that once dried the timber sit empty, but for the singing sparrows dancing above our heads. Care is taken with each and every step on the sketchy floor down the long hallway above the kiln rooms, as we photograph the kiln room control boards and valves. Calendars, permits, and paperwork found in desk drawers all read 2004, indicating a likely date of the mill's closure. Back outside, deer frolic and forage in the distance in the open pasture, as the long weeds tickle my poison ivy covered legs...

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