The old abandoned crumbling buildings by the Credit River in Mississauga

Published February 5, 2023 at 7:36 am


Do you ever walk by the Credit River in Mississauga and see an old crumbling building off the path and wonder what that was?

The lazy course of the Credit River in Mississauga today belies its importance to the early development of Peel County.

The establishment of mills, particularly saw and grist mills, often marked the beginning of a community and provided the impetus for growth.

Mills were the backbone of early industry, economy and settlement. Mills fulfilled a practical need in the life of early settlers as places to grind grain, cut wood, or weave cloth.

By 1851, approximately 60 mills were operating along the Credit River. Two operating mills remain today in Streetsville, while most of the mills have vanished, leaving little evidence, and few photographs, behind.

Blain-Dracass Mill, Streetsville, c1920


Former Toronto Woollen Mills, Barberton, c1900


Hyde’s Ontario Mills and Ker’s Bobbin Factory, Streetsville, c1900


Hyde’s Ontario Mills, Streetsville, c1900


McGill Flour Mill, Racey Tract, Credit River, Erindale, c1870


Meadowvale  Mill, c1930


Meadowvale Mill, c1910


Meadowvale Mill, c1925


Street-Blain Mill, along Credit River, Streetsville, c1900


Timothy Street Mill Complex and House, Streetsville, c1910


All images are courtesy of Heritage Mississauga.

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