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Ottawa Iron and Steel Company Horse railway

Haycock Map

From Bibliotheque Nationale du Quebec

Ottawa Free Press, 5 October 1874:
(Mr. Haycock) has constructed and in working order a  HORSE RAILWAY six miles and a quarter in length from his mines to the Gatineau River.  Five thousand tons of ore has been mined, and arrangements are now being made to put up a series of blooms to be in operation by January next.  The ore already mined will then be smelted.

Ottawa Citizen, 31 October 1874:
We publish today the prospectus of the Ottawa Iron and Steel Manufacturing Company, whose head office is in this city.  The company has been formed for the purpose of working the magnificent iron mine known as the Haycock Iron Location.  There is nothing hazardous in this enterprise, the value of the property being well known.  The mine has been open and worked for some time.  A tramway has been constructed for the transportation of the ore to the Gatineau River and -

Renfrew Mercury, 13 November 1874:
Ottawa Iron and Steel Manufacturing Co. Advertisement.
4. Ten acres in lot 2 on the 6th range of Hull, on the left bank of the River Gatineau which has been secured partly to serve as a storing place and loading ground for shipping the ore, but chiefly as a convenient site for the erection of Furnaces.  This area is connected with the mineral or iron area proper by a tramway of 6 1/4 miles in length.  This tramway, of three feet gauge, has been very solidly constructed and is now in complete working order.  It runs for a short distance through the Haycock property and is then continues along the town line between Hull and Templeton on to the furnace site in the Gatineau.
In addition to the 6 1/4 miles of tramway in complete running order with full right of way from the ore beds to the furnace site -- 80 tramway cars.

Ottawa Free Press, 14 September 1875:
The Ottawa Iron and Steel Manufacturing Company made their first iron at the Haycock iron location on Monday last, a bloom of about 200 lbs. Which was subsequently hammered into horseshoe nails by the blacksmith, and it was found to work beautifully.-- Aylmer Times.

Ottawa Free Press, 17 January 1876:
The work of laying the tramway between the disseminated deposits and the factory has been commenced, and will be prosecuted as rapidly as possible.  --
Ottawa Iron and Steel Manufacturing Company - detailed description of operation.  So far have produced raw iron but proposed to build a rolling mill.
Buildings and machinery at the company's works is listed in detail and includes:
6 miles of tramway, connecting works with the river navigation - 31 cars thereon

Globe and Mail, 14 February 1881:
Description of the Haycock Iron Mine.--
--In addition there is a small tract of ten acres on the east bank of the Gatineau, at the head of navigation.  This latter tract has been secured partly to serve as a storing place for ore and partly as a convenient site for the erection of a furnace.  This lot is connected with the three hundred acres of mineral land by a tramway six and a half miles long.  This tramway is of three feet gauge, and was originally very substantially constructed, but is now so out of repair that the project is entertained of substiituting for it, or ratherconverting it into a narrow gauge railway.  This tramway, after running for a short distance through the Haycock location is continued along the town line between Hull and Templeton to the storing ground on the west bank of the Gatineau.  In addition to the tramway and twenty cars belonging to it, the property contains --


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