Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Mining Heritage

Recycling

A friend who read Things that WERE Things sent me a note saying, “It’s fun to google vintage ads as the results range from ridiculous to hilarious to downright offensive. He sent along a couple of his favorites. In response, I sent him one that I found while writing an assignment for the Mining Engineering Technician program a few years back. And then I had a brilliant idea. I haven’t written […]

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The Cat Came Back

An interesting feature about our place here in Cobalt is the number of outbuildings surrounding the house, on and beyond our property. On the property “proper” sits the house, a garage, a bunkie, and a powder magazine.  All quite normal for this part of the world. Pardon? No, not powder room, powder magazine. The building that holds explosives. I know! Welcome to Cobalt! Other structures, like those in the woods […]

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In Defense of Mining

I live in a mining town. Technically, a former mining town. From 1903 to the late 1980’s, silver mining was the name of the game in the Town of Cobalt and Coleman Township. Our house sits on the Nipissing 404 Mine property – one of the largest producers in the area. The view from any window reveals evidence of the former industry. Bare slopes of rocky hills, gaping gouges on […]

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Things that are Things

From the delicious to the sadly outrageous here are some things that are “things. ” That is, things that are trending in my news feed this week. Cuisine We here in the west are slowly learning what Japanese cooks have known for centuries: apparently, steamed hosta leaves make for excellent spring dining. The folks at Fiddlehead Nursery in Collingwood tried blanching the newly sprouted shoots by covering them with a […]

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Cobalt Lake Mine Mill Site

Earlier, I wrote about a mine at the north end of Cobalt Lake. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the mine site at the south end. Unlike the Right of Way Mine site where several buildings still stand rusty but intact, most of the buildings at the Cobalt Lake Mine and mill are gone. Only the concrete foundations and some walls remain. The property has been rehabilitated by Agnico Eagle, […]

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