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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Mississauga > Long Branch Arsenal Lands
Long Branch Arsenal Lands
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created by CommTHOR on 3/11/2007 11:45 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 6/22/2011 1:39 PM
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Location of the Long Branch Arsenal, where hundreds of thousands of Sten Sub-Machine guns and Lee Enfield rifles were produced during WWII. Rifle range backstop and baffles are still present, but may be torn down in 2007/2008 due to Marie Curtis park expansion.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Mississauga, Ontario
Owner: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Historical significance. Long Branch Arsenal produced hundreds of thousands of rifles during and after WWII.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • barbed wire
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1891
    Closed: 1990
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    The Ontario Rifle Association and the Government established the Long Branch Rifle Ranges in 1891. In May 1915 Curtis Aeroplanes and Motors Company of Toronto opened Canada's first airfield and flying school there. Its objective was to train airmen for service in World War I.

    In June 1940, Small Arms Limited was formed, and produced Sten Submachine guns and the Long Branch Lee Enfield rifles until the end of WWII.

    In the Mid 90's the buildings were torn down after Canada post closed the sorting station that had been in use since the 70's. Many historical structures remain, including the firing range backstop, the sound baffles, the water tower, and other concrete structures littered around the site. The one building still remaining is used for Police training and Cadet meetings. This was originally the small arms inspection building.
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    Marie Curtis park expansion

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    March 11, 2007
    Mon, Mar 12th, 2007
    posted by CommTHOR
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