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Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Gaspereau River








One of the oldest postcards known from the Annapolis Valley (immediately above), shows the exact site of the Hell's Gate hydro electrical plant location today.  Another later, poorly coloured card of same photo appears above it.  Although local residents clearly recognized "Black River Falls" as a beautiful local natural landmark, reaction to installing the hydro station (as detailed in an account by Roy Joudrey) by people in the 1920's was decidedly pragmatic and focused on societal benefits of having electricity.  The Nova Scotia Power Company later renamed their generation station as "Hell's Gate."  The S. P. Benjamin mill (3rd image up, "Gaspereau River at White Rock") above the Black River Falls had been dammed decades before, for a water powered sawmill operation that provided much needed employment for local people and was the primary mill for all lumber harvested across the South Mountain and the top of the Black River watershed where several lumber camps were located.  Two images above this, give the viewer a good conception of the size of the original river, above the Benjamin's sawmill prior to operation of all the hydro dams that later regulated the rates of flow even further.







4 comments:

  1. Really like Old Crow Medicine Show ~~~ thank you!

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  2. Amazing blog Mark. I'm looking forward to going through it all.

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  3. Question, Mark. In the photos above, what do you think is the vantage point of the sepia image, 3rd from the start?

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  4. When you are heading to the Hollow Bridge after passing through White Rock, there is a small house at the top of a steep driveway on the right hand side before the bridge. The vantage is somewhere between in back of that house and where Terry and Gail Corkum live on the White Rock Road.

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