The Gold Mines of Puslinch Township






Even in 1913, the economic importance of the vast high-grade gravel deposits of Puslinch Township was well understood.  The following two articles, expressing just such a knowing admiration for the township’s aggregate, appeared in the Guelph Mercury newspaper on Thursday July 24th and Thursday July 31st 1913.






“Has Gold Mine in Gravel Pit”


Hamilton Officials So Describe Guelph Property


May Run a Special Line if Purchase Goes Through


Hamilton, July 23rd, 1913.---If the property of Angus McPherson, who owns a big farm just outside of Guelph, contained a gold mine, it could hardly be more valuable or desirable than it is at the present time, with a gravel pit on it, as far as the civic fathers of Hamilton are concerned.  The city of Hamilton today faces a serious shortage of gravel of all kinds, and is scouring the country on all sides for suitable pits and quarries.  Mayor Allan and the controllers made an inspection of Angus McPherson’s Guelph property the other day, and on their return decided that it was a regular “gold mine”.  Whether or not Mr. McPherson’s price will be low enough is the question.  There is talk of $30,000 for the land, but the city will not likely go for that figure.  If Hamilton does acquire the property, a staff would be stationed there and would sleep in the present residence of the owner.  It is also likely that some means of transportation would be secured other than teams, as that ultimately would be too costly.  There is the probability of a small electric line for this purpose alone.  The city officials believe a project of this kind would pay if run right through to Guelph, providing, of course, that the land were bought.






“Refused to Pay”


July 31st---Despite the fact that Hamilton is almost without gravel, it refuses to pay Angus McPherson, a prominent farmer of Guelph, $30,000 for his property, which is admittedly a gold mine for the city of Hamilton.  The mayor and controllers went out to inspect the property some time ago, and thought that it would save the situation in Hamilton if the land could be had for about $18,000, but the owner seeks $30,000, which, going by the amount of land actually good for gravel, would be at the rate of $4,000 per acre.  For farming purposes, the land is said to be valued at $200 per acre.---Hamilton Herald







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