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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.