SEPTEMBER 2004

Photographer: Alex MacLean

Lumber yard inferno, 1932

In July 1932, this dramatic fire consumed the Temagami Timber Co.'s lumber yard at Goward (today Temagami North). Alex MacLean of Haileybury, widely regarded as the dean of northern Ontario photographers, captured the blaze as helpless onlookers watched.

MacLean loved Temagami, chronicling the golden tourism age from 1910 until his death in 1959. He turned his crisp images into hundreds of postcards, like this one. 

The Temagami Timber Company operated a pine sawmill at Goward on Net Lake from 1924 to 1965. The now-gone village of Goward grew up around the mill.

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