Austin Sawmill, Kinmount, Ontario
The logging industry has been important to the province of Ontario since the 1800s but many of the earliest sawmills have disappeared or have been transformed into eateries or places to shop. Kinmount, Ontario, still has the real thing, battered by the years but in the process of being rejuvenated.
Renovations on the opposite side of the building shown in the first photo
The Austin Sawmill, originally built in the 1880s, was a water-powered mill that operated until 1972. For many years the mill was left to decay until various families, individuals and businesses decided to renovate the building.
Bits of rusty machinery littered about the property
As you can see, the place is a photographer;s dream. Well, my camera and I were happy here, anyway!
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