THE GILMOUR TRAMWAY
THE GILMOUR TRAMWAY IS A MAJOR STORY IN THE HISTORY OF LOGGING IN ONTARIO. IT
WAS A ONE OF A KIND ENGINEERING PROJECT. THE ONLY SUCCESSFUL WAY TO FLOAT LOGS
UPHILL. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS ABANDONED AFTER THREE YEARS. PARTLY DUE TO
MECHANICAL PROBLEMS BUT MAINLY CAUSED BY LACK OF WATER FOLLOWING TWO VERY DRY
SUMMERS AND LOWER THAN USUAL SNOWFALL IN THE SAME WINTERS. ALL THAT REMAINS
TODAY IS THE STONE STEAM POWERHOUSE THAT HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A LOVELY SUMMER
HOME AND THE REMAINS OF THE FOUNDATION FOR THE BASE OF THE POWERHOUSE FOR THE
JACKLADDER THAT SITS BELOW THE NOW MARSHY TRAMWAY POND.
A MODEL OF THE GILMOUR TRAMWAY IS ON DISPLAY AT THE DORSET HERITAGE MUSEUM.
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE MUSEUM IS TWO BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT THE
The International Harvesters truck was ordered from Toledo Ohio in 1913 by
HIRAM BARRY. It was number 802 to have been built. It was shipped to Hamilton Ontario,
and then sent on to Huntsville. It arrived in Huntsville in February 1913. It
was such an occasion that the Huntsville Band was brought out to meet the new arrival.
The new motor wagon was driven over the ice of Fairy and Peninsula Lakes,
across the height of land between North and South Portage, then
across the ice of the Lake of Bays to Dorset.
two men traveled with the International, one to teach Mr. Barry to drive it, the
other gentleman was to teach him how to fix it! The payment these two
gentlemen wanted was to be taken on a few fishing trips; for they had read how
great our lakes and area were for fishing and hunting.
The main use for the International at that time was to cadge supplies into the
Hiram Barry owned and operated Dorset’s first garage and his family still do today!
Well another great season is finished here at the Dorset Heritage Museum. Lots of visitors, our highest ever!! Positive comments, and wonderful volunteers. Thanks to each and everyone!
Now planning begins on next years exhibits, Heritage Day, and of course archiving new donated items. Next time we are open is on the Saturday of the Dorset Snowball, see you there!