This last summer my father and I had visited the old Bessamer Iron Mine near Bancroft. We had been looking for magnetite specimens. Apparently rare black octahedrons of that mineral can occasionally be found there.
Just as the sun was setting we noticed an indistinct path running through the woods. It was the now defunct remains of the Barry’s Bay and Bessemer Line, a spur line that had been constructed in 1906 running from the Central Ontario Railway out to the mine and ultimatly on beyond toward Barry’s Bay.