Although John Moir's connection with Trout Hollow is what intrigues me the most, there was another important industrial development in the Hollow that is quite fascinating. This is the Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company which generated hydro for street lights in Meaford from 1902 to 1923 before Ontario Hydro's government support drove all the small power plants like this one into bankruptcy (and did spread the benefits of electricity to homeowners, a big step forward).
Friday, July 30, 2021
More on Trout Hollow Land Donation
The water emerged from this gap in the berm.
From the other side it's a huge S-bend, five feet in diameter. This fed water into the powerhouse where it turned the turbines and generated the hydro.
I was perplexed though that the donation story on the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy's website focuses on the power house story and only makes passing mention of Muir. You would think that John Muir's connection with Trout Hollow was more significant for a 'Biosphere Conservancy'.