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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Markham > Milne Dam
Milne Dam
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created by lopix on 2/1/2006 3:04 PM
last modified by lopix on 2/1/2006 3:15 PM
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A smallish dam that creates Milne Pond, that is easy to access and even climb on if one is so inclined. Interesting to see close up, plus potential ruins of the old mill and other buildings in the trees. Can see large predatory birds, such as eagles/falcons. Odd little metal and concrete things strewn about.

Have to find the sideroad that leads past the dam, front entrance to the park is nowhere near it. One of those funny little spost you would never know about unless you drove past it.

Apparently a monster lives nearby as well...
 Basic Information
Type: Dam
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
Princess Street
Markham, Ontario
Owner: Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
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  •  Hazards
  • water
  •  Interesting Features
    Basically just the dam in this area, though there may be ruins hiding in the forest. Can be some interesting birds as well...
     Security Measures
  • fences
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1911
    Closed: 0
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    The history of the land, which has now become Milne Park, is recorded from February 1806 in land deeds. On February 20th of that year, Nicholas Miller purchased Lot 9, Concession 7, in Markham Township from a Daniel Cozens who had received the land from the Crown. The 200 acres changed hands for 100 British pounds. Miller, one of the earliest recorded settlers in the area, had already been granted Lot 34, Concession 1, upon his arrival in the Township in 1793, but chose to construct his saw and grist mill on the Rouge River site, largely because of the availability of water power.

    The property was divided into several parts and passed to several owners until May 10, 1824, when Peter and Alexander Milne purchased it for 450 British pounds. The mill, close to the present site of the Milne Dam, was operated first by Alexander, who oversaw the operation until his marriage, and then by a series of hired millers. Alexander built his own mill where Edward's Gardens is now located, in Toronto.

    Peter Milne died in 1845, but had developed his business to include a general store built in the 1820s, a fulling mill, a woolen mill and an ashery. Peter's wife, Elizabeth, managed the enterprise until it was destroyed by fire in 1866.

    Peter's grandsons by his son Thomas, Grant and Archie, rebuilt the gristmill and operated the site until 1933. Near the turn of the century, they produced a famous breakfast cereal call "Wheateen".

    In 1911, Archie built the first concrete and steel arc dam in Canada on this site. He believed this dam could generate the power for the village! The dam was washed out in 1929 and again in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel hit the area.

    It should be noted that the Town of Markham sprang from the advent of the mill and dam. The Town grew northward from that point towards the rail line at the north end of the town. This rail enabled the businessmen to ship their products to market.

    The original Milne property is now incorporated into Milne Park Conservation Area, which is owned by the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority and managed by the Town of Markham.
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    Will stay as a dam...

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    April 2005 Outing
    Sun, Apr 17th, 2005
    posted by lopix
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  • on Aug 19 07 at 1:15, Mutt validated this location
  • on Feb 1 06 at 15:58, lopix made this location available
  • on Feb 1 06 at 15:16, lopix updated gallery April 2005 Outing
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