Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Old Powder Mill
Today I thought I'd break away from art (can it be true?) to reminisce a bit about my childhood. I grew up in a quiet little town not far from a park where I spent most of my time. The area was noted for the Algonquin Indians, thus it was called Algonquin Park.
On the park grounds were countless stone structures that as a child I had no clue what their purpose might have been. Now I know that the stone buildings were part of what was known as the powder mill. During the Civil War era gun powder was manufactured there and the powder mill still stands and has been restored.
The powder mill was built on a small hill and there was a room of sorts built under it with an old wood door that had a tiny opening with iron bars. Back when I was little (way back) all the kids in our neighborhood made up stories about what was in that room to scare each other. The most popular story said that there was a creature, half man and half gorilla living inside and if you got too close to the opening in the door he could reach out and pull you into his cavern and eat you alive. Needless to say I never got too close as it was all too real for me but of course there were plenty of dares. No one had the courage to take up the dare so I guess we'll never know what sort of creature lurked behind that door waiting for some tender morsel.
Last year I paid a visit to my park full of memories... even my first kiss... and I took photos of most of the old stone buildings and ruins. One in particular stood out when I uploaded it to my computer. I'm not sure what the original purpose of the ruins were but there is (in my mind and eye) a small creature living there now. Can you find him? I promise I have done nothing to alter the picture, it is exactly as I uploaded it. If you want to see a larger picture just email me and I will send it to you. Canace@hvc.rr.com
Hope you enjoy visiting with my little friend from Algonquin Park.