‘The Old Mill site’, Once the original mill and lumbering camp operation of JR Booth, to Martin & Armstrong. It is located, just west of; where the Aylen road crosses at the old Railway tracks (now the snowmobile trail crossing).
This old mill site was once a thriving , fully functioning camp. Please watch the attached video for a reference of the early conditions of lumbering in Ontario. Boy, I gotta say though: ‘The early settlers sure had a lot more grit and sandpaper to their game!’ (please, excuse the Canadian hockey reference) But really, to have to endure the ‘living’, almost survival like conditions. Today, we have a convienience for every aspect of our lives. Sorry boys!, but those were real men back then! Checkout the vid.
In the mid 19o0’s, the mill was purchased and became Daly’s Mill. In the late 1960’s the site succumbed to a fire, and had ceased operations. The MNR recruited the help of any available Aylen lake residents & visitors, to help fight the fire. Since then, the site has overgrown, recent cutting, & had the rail lines taken out, and so has seen only some occasional visitors.
Today, the site is a great spot, to stop & rest, at the trails side. The old pickup truck, and several sawmill artifacts still remain. A walk around the area can invigorate the historical wimsy inside you. With a little imagination, you can picture this ole time camp sawing, milling, and shipping the beautiful Pine timber, that was discovered here in the area.
Today, I believe the local mill, still has the timber rights to this area. Although the timber has been recently cut, the ATV trails, a campsite, and a favorite stream fishing location, provide some recreational benefits to this location. Hunters, photographers, and historians too!, are also known to frequent, the site.The ‘Old Mill site’ is a distinct part of our Aylen lake history.
Please comment below, or contact us, if you can share any more info regarding this location. Or any of it’s historical references…
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