At the peak of the lumber trade in the 1800s this narrow watercourse channeled logs to a sawmill at Farm Point.
(From a webpage about the Lower Gatineau Heritage Trail)
|Wikimedia image of the carbide mill|
Thomas Leopold "Carbide" Willson (an associate of Lord Kelvin) was a turn of the (20th) century entrepreneur and scientist-engineer, the first person to own a car in Ottawa.
In 1907 he built a summer house on Meech Lake in what is now Gatineau Park. (The house is now owned by the federal government, and notable for being the site of negotiations on the Meech Lake Accord). In 1911, he began experimenting with the condensation of phosphoric acid in the manufacture of fertilizers at a mill on Meech Creek within the park. Due to this venture and running out of capital, he lost nearly all of his estate to his creditor, American tobacco king J. B. Duke.
|Photo by Chris Hobbs|