Continuing along with our day of exploration, I spotted this gem immediately after having made a random decision to turn. Large birds of prey circled me overhead, presumably because I was intruding on what they considered to be their territory. They flew their holding pattern throughout the duration of my brief visit, but offered no resistance.
Since I was in the area on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I thought I would check out the town of Chapleau, Ontario. I had never been here before and the opportunity presented itself.
Immediately as I was driving in, I spotted this tiny generating station beside the road and decided that I would stop for a look on the way out of town.
Business here began in 1918 as Holmes Blunt Ltd., opened by J.S. Blunt. The foundry manufactured car parts, predominantly engine-casting blocks for Ford.
In 1937, the workers here took part in a sit-down strike. It was shortlived as, 48 hours later, the workers were driven away from the plant by armed and violent hired thugs.
So, I've driven along this road countless times, and somehow this doesn't register on me until a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, sometimes I have tunnel vision.
It's not the most exciting place in the world. When I say it's gutted, I MEAN it's GUTTED. In the main building, there isn't even a floor left. It appears that someone had cut a hole in the end wall, and just drove a bulldozer in. There's even a dirt ramp to get in and out from the inside.
On a warm, sunny Sunday, I set out with a list of targets programmed into my trusty GPS. Unfortunately, my GPS decided to be not-so-trusty. After a botched map upgrade, it essentially developed amnesia.
I only had an idea of the location of one of the targets off the top of my head, so I continued on my way.
I arrived and took a nice walk through the woods, following the path I assumed was the correct one. Rising up a hill, I could make it out through the trees. I had arrived.
From what I've been able to piece together, this building was originally constructed as a dedicated observatory for the Canadian Astronomical Research Group in 1976. The equipment, apparently including a 24" telescope, was removed in 1997, and the building converted into a private home.
Source: Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Newsletter, Vol. 71, p.L7