It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
This image ca.1895 is one of the earliest known images of the dam and sawmill on the Fairy Lake side of the locks. It was built at the top of the Muskoka River rapids in the early 1870s by J.P. (John) Fetterly.
By 1907 Benjamin Cottrill owned the sawmill which produced 10,000 ft. of lumber, shingles, siding, and floor per day between 1920 and 1940. It was the longest operating water-powered sawmill in Huntsville, and remained open until 1954.
The first dam here was built to run Fetterly’s sawmill. This dam was replaced in 1877 by the Department of Public Works. The final concrete dam was built in 1931. A pier and boom was built on the Fairy Lake side in 1881 to guide ships into the channel. A dyke was built on the Mary Lake side to prevent the river from filling in the channel in 1880. It now looks like part of the shoreline.
See more Wayback Wednesday photos here.
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