Iron Bridge, Tally-Ho!

The Daigle House

The Daigle House. Photo by Twurdeman @ flickr.

There are a number of abandoned homesteads to admire in the area of Iron Bridge. The community embraces them as historical artifacts, worthy of beautiful photography.

Two abandoned homes in particular were mentioned to me while visiting the small town. Pictured above is the Daigle house, viewed by the passing highway.

This region, when marketed to early settlers and pioneers, was referred to as ‘the promised land’.

IRON BRIDGE HISTORICAL MUSEUM

In 1970 the Tulloch Carlyle House was donated by a local family and turned into a museum. The log house itself was built in the 1870’s.

When Lawrence Tulloch died an untimely, accidental death at the Blind River Mill, a portion of his land was donated (by his wife) to become the areas first cemetery. Tulloch was the first buried.

Paul Bunyun Tulloch Carlyle House

The museum is full of locally donated artifacts from the late 1800’s. The volunteer staff are very friendly, and the grounds conveniently set up for long distance travellers, and local gatherings.

Clean washrooms, a covered picnic area, a dog walking patch, info centre, and every summer Saturday the site hosts a farmers market.

Museum Iron Bridge

Just be sure to visit in July or August, when the museum is open.

This area was developed and sustained by logging. Originally the town was called ‘Tally-Ho‘, because this was the place loggers who worked in Blind River and surrounding environs, commuted to pick up their pay.

Iron Bridge Museum

A small but impressive collection, housed in a lovely handcrafted historic cabin – entry available by donation. Everything from cooking implements, toys, books, medical materials, clothing and more, saved from the era that Iron Bridge was known as Tally-Ho.

The museum exists by donation alone, both in operating cost and housed historical relics. Staff works on a voluntary basis and the community shows great support.

A beautiful town with friendly locals.

Inside the Museum

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ON THE TRANS CANADA

Speaking of bridges, every (no exaggeration!) bridge along the Trans Canada (in Northern Ontario) was under construction. A major time delay, and in my mind not a wise decision.

Not only were the road ways terribly bunged up, but what happens next year when the locals are out of work again? I think it would have been a wiser decision to stagger the construction. Drag out the employment as long as possible, and keep the Trans Canada somewhat open.

Of course I am not an engineering expert, but I saw the road rage effects of being repeatedly backed into traffic.

Bridge Work Northern Ontario

It was near this location that we witnessed another accident. A high speed head on collision involving two vehicles (perhaps the result of a pass done around a corner?). The impact happened around a turn with rock face cliffs on one side and a swift drop to a marshy lake on the other. No shoulders at all.

We arrived just in time to see helicopters air lifting the accident victims to the nearest (FAR) medical facility. The cars were totalled and the road spattered with blood.

A member of the ‘clean up crew’ took it upon himself to come to our vehicle window (unsolicited) and let us know that everyone involved in the accident that did not die on impact would surely die before making it to the hospital.

“That was the gory-est accident I have ever cleaned up.”

He excitedly told us. Surely he was in shock too.

This is not an area to speed, with many industrial vehicles making the long trek through the region, a lack of shoulders, plenty of rock and cliffs, and boggy dense marshland.

If you ever make this journey, I hope you heed my advice and take your time, leaving a wide berth between yourself and other drivers – particularly those obviously afflicted by the need to speed to their destination, and those in larger industry vehicles.

Follow this tour by heading to the ‘Crossing Canada‘ section, or go to the Habitual Runaway on Facebook for more photos.

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7 responses to “Iron Bridge, Tally-Ho!

  1. I love that picture at the top! I can’t answer why they thought all bridges at once would be best, though.

    Sounds like a worthwhile warning about speeding. Those poor people.

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  2. Vacationed here for years growing up in the 60’s. Remember logs being floated down river, fishing in Missisagi Bay, picnicking on Hennepin Island, eating ice cream at Journey’s End gift shop, getting Canadian bacon at the grocery and shopping at the little clothing store above the hardware. Local people were great!

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    • Oh it is so nice to have another perspective. Thank you for sharing your memories of Iron Bridge. I really enjoyed the place too – very quaint & I did find the people to be very nice. It sounds like you had lovely holidays there growing up.

      …Old fashioned peameal (Canadian) bacon – I haven’t had that in a while!

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  3. Daigle and Moise houses are both gone, tore down in past couple years. they were NEVER classified as historical sites. and they were part of blind river, not iron bridge.

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    • If you were to re-read, you would notice I said historical artifacts – meaning items with a history that have been admired or cherished – NOT actually classed as historical sites. Sorry you misunderstood. It was someone actually from Iron Bridge that told me that they were located in the area considered to be Iron Bridge. With Blind River being a neighbouring town lacking boundary definition, it does not surprise me that there was some confusion. Thank you for letting me know that they are both now gone. What a shame. With little research, I discovered that Daigle house was actually taken by fire AFTER I wrote this article; “The Daigle House, located on Highway 17 near Blind River, once stood as a tourism attraction and historical landmark in the Municipality of Huron Shores. In 2014 it was destroyed by fire.”

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