Winner of the
Ontario Historical Society's
Fred Landon Award for the
Best Ontario Regional History
for the year 2000
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The Fossmill Story
Life in a Railway Lumbering Village on the Edge of Algonquin
Based on over 50 interviews with former residents, newspaper articles,
and archival material, and with over 350 photographs, maps, and illustrations,
The Fossmill Story tells the dramatic story of the people who lived in
a company village through the boom years of the twenties and the bust years
of the Great Depression. It describes the logging and lumbering operations
of the Fassett Lumber Corporation and its railway that drew logs from the
highlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park to its mill in Fossmill.
Read about forest and mill fires, crime and punishment, tragic accidents
and death, poverty and affluence, and much more.
Size: 8.5 x 11 softcover, 224 pages with over 350 photographs, illustrations
and maps. Full colour front and back cover with colourized photographs.
$29.95 ISBN 1-896974-10-4
The Fossmill Story is available from many local outlets such
as bookstores and gift shops. If you can not find it
there you can order from Past Forward online, by mail or by telephone.
To order online go to our Company Store.
What reviewers are saying
about The Fossmill Story
"This is one of the best researched, best written, and best illustrated
Algonquin Park books it has been our pleasure to review...it’s a great
story well told, and we heartily recommend it to you."-Friends of Algonquin
Park (Read full review)
"An extraordinary amount of research effort, organizational ability,
writing competence, and designing skill have all been combined to relate
the history of a small place over a relatively short period of time, The
result is quite wonderful."-Ontario Historical Society Bulletin (Read
"I found this a most enjoyable read and an excellent window into
one of Canada's important resource industries during the boom years in
the first half of the century."- Branchline (Read
"What is so unique about The Fossmill Story is that it is about life
in a railway lumber town as remembered by those who live it....The Fossmill
Story one of the most exciting sagas to hit local bookshelves in recent
memory."- Almaguin News (Read full review)
"Their many interviews of people who lived in Fossmill and the surrounding
area provide a wealth of intriguing anecdotal material that makes the story
burst into life.A companion to their video, Logging by Rail in Algonquin
Park, this book, a bargain at $29.95, will be treasured as you find yourself
again and again, looking back at ‘forgettable moments in our history."-
Huntsville Forester (Read full review)
See a companion video of film from 1934 of the logging, railroad, and mill operations of the Fassett Lumber Corp.