Mississippi River Improvement Company

Mississippi River Improvement Company (HM1YQY)

Location: Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A 1A0 Lanark County
Country: Canada
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N 45° 13.554', W 76° 11.803'

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The Mississippi River in eastern Ontario is a tributary of the Ottawa River. The upper basin starts in the Mazinaw Lake area and enters the Ottawa River above Chats Falls. Recognizing a need to manage the water flow, Mr. Jim Brown of Carleton Place founded the Mississippi River Improvement Company Limited in 1909. In 1910 the M.R.I.C. was chartered by provincial legislation to levy tolls on water users of the system. The tolls were to cover the cost of operating and maintaining dams at Cross Long and Gull Lakes. Ultimately, the company also assumed responsibility of abandoned dams at Mazinaw, Shabomeka and Mississagagon Lakes.At the peak of its operations, the company was collecting tolls from as many as seventeen users comprised of flour, feed, textile and saw mills and small hydro electric generating stations.By the 1980's there were only four users left on the system, including Almonte Hydro, a founding shareholder in the company.The company continued to bear the total cost of dam operations despite the fact that there were other major benefactors, namely; cottage owners, recreational users and the conservation authorities. Through negotiations with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Hydro; the five upper dams were turned over to the M.V.C.A. and Cross
Lake was taken over by Ontario Hydro in 1990.In 1991, the company closed out its operations.
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Date Added Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 406051 N 5008742
Decimal Degrees45.22590000, -76.19671667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 13.554', W 76° 11.803'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 13' 33.24" N, 76° 11' 48.18" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Riverwalk, Mississippi Mills Ontario K0A 1A0, CA
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