Hamilton is still an industrial city, that much is obvious. But Firestone was one of the first big companies to build here. To remember it, we have a shell nestled between the steel mills. It’s never dark here.
From failed starch works to a wartime asset, this brick ruin has seemingly always been an unwanted castle of a forgotten island.
At its peak, Port Arthur and Fort William was home to more than 30 elevators once. Some of them remain, but many are abandoned.
The stacks wouldn’t be visible through the mist anyway, if they weren’t demolished. This is how I came to know Lakeview Power Station, one of the last giant Ontario coal-fired power plants.
Before it was demolished, one could venture above the tacky suspended ceiling of this movie house to revisit its Vaudeville past.
Named after the ‘baker King’ and endorsed by a Duke, this elevator has led a charmed existence on the banks of the Kam. Between almost sliding into the river and being set on fire by teenagers, it’s amazing that it still remains. Here’s an article to show our appreciation, with guest co-author Ava.
Sentinel grain elevators watch over the Manitoba prairie: its ghost towns, its defunct flour mills, and its endless fields.
Built in 1923 as a major terminal elevator, it would go on to have booms and busts. By ‘boom’, I mean, it had the nasty habit of exploding.