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McCarthy's Dam, Streetsville
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Title: McCarthy's Dam, Streetsville
Identifier: MI0063
Date of Original Photo: 1979
Subject: Hydroelectric power plants - Ontario - Streetsville (Mississauga)
Donor: City of Mississauga

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Description: McCarthy's Dam is located on the Credit River, in the Streetsville area, by McCarthy Milling Company at 1770 Barberton Road. The first mill on this location was owned by William J. Comfort, who had a sawmill and probably a grist mill in operation before 1826. Comfort gave shelter to William Lyon Mackenzie during the 1837 Rebellion and was consequently jailed. In 1843 he sold the property to the Barber Brothers of Georgetown, who established the Toronto Woollen Mills. The original mill was burned in 1861 and reconstructed of Credit Valley stone and reopened. After the milling business declined in the late 1880s the mills were closed for some time and then reopened as the Oriental Textile Mills. During World War I the building was converted to a flour mill. In 1931 it was bought by McCarthy Milling Company. J.J. Page purchased control in 1946 and Mr. C.L. Rogers took over the business in 1960. In 1972 George Weston Limited bought the mill. ADM Milling Co. purchased the mill from Weston in 1991. Listed on the Heritage Register. Original photo at Museums of Mississauga. Description as of May 2012.
Agency: Mississauga Library System