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Morton Dam - Morton, Ontario
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers
N 44° 32.236 W 076° 12.255
18T E 404325 N 4932253
Quick Description: Morton Dam was constructed from 1826-1832. At one point, a log guard house was erected to defend the canal during the Upper Canada Rebellions.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 11/4/2018 2:20:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMZFQY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
This dam helps to control the water levels on Whitefish Lake. Whitefish Lake is part of The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO-designated world heritage site.

According to (visit link) before the dam, millers and sawyers were using the water power of Whitefish Falls. In the mid-1800s, both John A. Macdonald [first Prime Minister of Canada in 1867] and George Morton had dreams. Morton envisioned a model community at Whitefish Falls to power his model mills. Model streets would be lined with bustling businesses and prosperous homes. On the floodplain of Whitefish (Morton) Creek, he developed a model dairy farm with a cheese factory to turn fertility into food. His brick yard turned clay into houses. George Morton even built a unique model school.

Today, barely any evidence of this intended prosperity exists in this somewhat rundown little village.
Waterway where the dam is located: Whitefish Lake

Main use of the Water Dam: Improve Navigation

Material used in the structure: Masonry/Concrete

Height of Dam: 4 metres

Date built: 1/1/1832

Fishing Allowed: yes

Motor Sports Allowed: yes

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