Friday, February 21, 2014
A bit of history around the neighbourhood
The railway "bridge across the water" to connect Cobourg and Peterborough on an "as the crow flies" path, consisted of several trestles, 31 "Burr Truss Bridges" and a single centre drawbridge. Unfortunately, some of the builders or directors apparently removed some of the "iron stays from the drawbridge" and winter ice and snow contributed to its instability and eventual demise. The operators had to cease using it in 1861 and in 1866 they stopped operations until 1873 when Cobourg officials tried to interest Peterborough folk in resurrecting it.
This long trestle bridge did operate off and on until 1893. However the company was eventually absorbed by the Grand Trunk Railroad and different economic needs - iron ore mining for example - sent the railroad builders in different directions.
The advent of the Trent Canal was the finishing touch and in 1920 submerged the entrepreneurial adventure across the lake.
Today all one can see from the Harwood end - which is where the above photo was taken, is some trees and shrubbery growing out in the lake across to a larger bunch which must have been a bridge terminus. Apparently those who aren't familiar with the area, when out fishing or travelling on this long narrow lak,e constantly collide with the remains of the trestles and bridges under the water in a line across to the community of Hiawatha.
Thanks to Steam Power Publishing for the very detailed information.
A different kind of look around my new neighbourhood for you today, but one that I found most interesting. Hope you enjoyed it to, and enjoy the history of your own neighbourhood.