Ghost Towns of Haliburton County


Published on May 3rd, 2009
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Old homestead at Ursa near Gooderham, Ontario 

 

Old homestead at Ursa near Gooderham, Ontario

 

Tired, tired and…more tired. That’s how I feel tonight as I type this. I spent a good part of this weekend looking for a few old communities that once stood in Haliburton County. I guess you could say these are “ghost towns”. Towns of the past, once bustling communities that are now only a shadow of it’s former self. This will be an ongoing project and will keep growing in photos as I visit or discover more sites in the future.

 

I, well we…me and my girlfriend, started out early Saturday afternoon and the first place we visited was the small little town of Ursa. This ghost town is located off of Glamorgan Road (County Road 3) and is along the road aptly named..Ursa Road. There is a small collection of buildings and old farm equipment on both sides of the road that are either falling down, have fallen down and are passing into disrepair. The first subject I photographed was a log building that didn’t have a roof as it had caved in.

Old manure spreader at Ursa

Old manure spreader at Ursa

After finishing up with multiple images for HDR photos I moved to the other side of the road where I saw some old wagon wheels sitting in the field. I took multiples of this and then some of what I think was a manure spreader.

HDR image of old wagon

HDR image of old wagon

After done here I moved along to the next town I wanted to visit, Hadlington. Now, this place is a little harder to find…and I haven’t found it yet. Me and my girlfriend left Ursa and drove down to Tory Hill then about a few kilometers down Hwy 118 we turned onto Hadlington Road. We drove down the road looking for what looked to be old roads…and we drove down and explored them. Well we found a lot of nothing and drove back out to Hadlington Road. 

 

Driving further down the dirt road I came across a trail and decided to try it out. It was more like an old road but as a lot of old pioneer roads, have fallen into disrepair. We drove for maybe 5 – 10 minutes when we came to a clearing on top of a hill. Not much to see except old concrete slabs. I drove further on and the trail wound it’s way downhill and to a lake. To my surprise it led to the lower end of a mine shaft. It’s all concreted up, for the most part. There’s a small hole about a foot wide and 2 feet long. Can’t see inside, no flashlight. Will have to go back and bring a light to peek inside…without going inside.

More to come….


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  1. Christine Says:

    Excellent photography

    http://www.ontarioabandonedplaces.com/upload/wiki.asp?entry=886

    That might help you find Hadlington, if you haven’t found it already. It seems like you have to walk a fair bit once the driveable road ends.

    Good luck, happy hunting.

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