Who Killed Gilmour Lumber? / Canadian Timber Trilogy Part I

The story of the Canadian lumber barons, a foundational Canadian painter, and a hundred year old murder mystery:






The Gilmour sawmill at Trenton, abandoned at the turn of the century


The Dorset History Museum has a most remarkable, interactive online display of the Gilmour Tramway (click here):


The Gilmour & Company Mill at Trenton, Ontario


Family Tree courtesy of When Giants Fall


Power house and jackladder at Dorset, start of the Gilmour tramway on Lake of Bays. Man on far left in brimmed hat is believed to be David Gilmour.


The Gilmour Tramway


The Trenton Gilmour Band


Map of the Gilmour Tramway


Algonquin Park


The Gilmour camp at Tea lake


The Gilmour Mill at Mowat on Canoe Lake


Gilmour & Company train


David Gilmour with family (David Jr,, Carolina, Baby Helen and Marjory c 1899 at the Propect House on Dundas street, Trenton, Ontario


To distinguish logs, each company registered an identifier with the Canadian government and stamped the end of their logs with the brand. Gilmour used a G or Diamond G.


Me and my daughter on Canoe lake.



A Canoe lake Gilmour “cottage” as it stands today:


Maps provided by a friend:


Click here to listen to Who Killed Tom Thomson / Canadian Timber Trilogy Part II

Music from Canadian Timber Trilogy: How could it NOT be The Band? They clearly were the reincarnation of The Gilmour Fire Brigade Band:


The Trenton Gilmour Fire Brigade Band and The Band


Across The Great Divide:



One thought on “Who Killed Gilmour Lumber? / Canadian Timber Trilogy Part I”

  1. great podcast on on Gilmour lumber … I got the link from Marmora historical foundation .. I am working on a documentary using When Giants Fall ..about David Gilmour and his influence on Trenton Ontario… my film work is mostly historic about the Quinte Area.. I also live in Trenton .. I especially like the analogy of David being the Mr Potter of Bedford falls ..this has always been my feeling as well.. I do have several other photos of this time if you need ..another strange coincidence is my wife is from Lennoxville and went to champlain … but she does not remember the incident involving Theresa … she was 13 at the time … looking forward to part 2 and 3
    covering another of my favorite stories .. Tom Thompson … It would be cool if you could give me a heads up when it comes out
    sean scally

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