Mill ruins©Copyright: Jeri Danyleyko
Milnet, located north of Sudbury, was first established as a watering stop for the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR later CN). Once the railway arrived, the lumber industry moved in and a sawmill was quickly added. Originally known as Sellwood Junction, the villages name was changed to Milnet in 1916.
The mill remained small until 1917 when it was purchased by the Marshay Lumber Company. Under new ownership, the mill was expanded and a company town consisting of several dozen attractive homes was built. A post office was also established. At its height the community boasted about 200 residents. It was said to be a lively place that included a band and weekly dances.
The mill lasted until the 1930s. First the lumber industry was hit hard by the depression. Then the mill was hit by a fire, said to be of mysterious origins. By around 1940, most of the residents had left.
When last seen, Milnet still contained a few houses and the remains of the mill. Unfortunately succession rights no longer apply, and once these homes are vacated they will be demolished.