Midland was created as a town for the terminus of the Midland Railway in 1879. Lumbering played heavily in the town's growth as did grain. Many years earlier the Jesuits met with the Hurons in efforts to bring Christianity to them. The Archer Daniel Midland grain silos welcome you to Midland Harbour with a HUGE mural depicting a Huron Native and Jesuit Priest with the land as it would have looked like then.
The town has over 25 murals. I haven't seen them all yet. Most were done by Fred Lenz beginning in 1991. He began the mural above in 1999. He died in 2001. His son and some others completed this for him. The art is amazing. Many artists have participated. Most depict the history of Midland.
|First Mural of the Midland Railway Corp which opened in 1879|
Last panel of the Railway Corp mural
Runners of the Woods-Fur traders with the Hurons
Horse drinking from trough
Brebeuf Lighthouse-Note the window at the top incorporates the window on the building
|Playfair Lumber Mill|
|James Playfair owned lumberyards, Great Lakes Shipping and the general store|
|Sailor and H.M. Schooner Bee sailed Georgian Bay beginning in 1831.|
|S.S. Lemoyne build in 1926-the largest bulk carrier on the Great Lakes until 1950.|
|Tribute to Girl Guides of Canada|