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At height of war effort, 1,600 people worked around the clock at Otaco

At height of war effort, 1,600 people worked around the clock at Otaco

De Havilland Mosquito would fly over West Street plant to drum up excitement for war bonds
Bustling mill was once main industry of Severn Bridge

Bustling mill was once main industry of Severn Bridge

Take a trip down Memory Lane to the Mickle-Dyment saw mill on the west side of Highway 11
Postcard provides glimpse into city's ugly industrial past

Postcard provides glimpse into city's ugly industrial past

This week's trip down Memory Lane focuses on Orillia Smelter and the scourge of arsenic
This local streetscape looked a lot different in 1920s

This local streetscape looked a lot different in 1920s

Take a trip down Memory Lane to West Street, circa 1920
Back in 1910, horse-drawn plows cleared the streets!

Back in 1910, horse-drawn plows cleared the streets!

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Front Street in the early 1900s
Vandals have often targeted the Champlain Monument

Vandals have often targeted the Champlain Monument

This week's trip down Memory Lane reflects on 1935 incident at famed Orillia monument
Strike up the band for this trip down Memory Lane

Strike up the band for this trip down Memory Lane

Pavilion and bandstand still in use in Couchiching Park
Orillia appeared to be larger than life in early 1900s!

Orillia appeared to be larger than life in early 1900s!

This week's trip down Memory Lane is all about tall tales
Rail line through Orillia was always busy in the early 1900s

Rail line through Orillia was always busy in the early 1900s

Fire destroyed original train station in 1916; current building was constructed in its place
This is the earliest known postcard view of the downtown!

This is the earliest known postcard view of the downtown!

Photographer climbed original tower of Opera House to obtain the image