Notes: (Source: Echoes of the Past, compiled and written by Ed H. Devitt & Nila Reynolds)
Bobcaygeon Colonization Road Map:
Travel on the original Bobcaygeon Road was a considerable challenge. The difficulty and hazards encountered are documented in the journal of a pre-1920 trop with a wagon load of half-tonof butter and two hundred dozen eggs, from Carnarvon to Dorset. The journey involved departure at 6 am heading west to Peterson Corners (current junction of Brady lake Road and Hwy 118), and then turned north along the Bobcaygeon Road. This is the personal recollection of Clayton Rogers, who kep t store and post office in Carnarvon, recorded in "Echoes of the Past", by Ed. H. Devitt and Nila Reynolds, about 1980.
"The 'tough trail' worsened at the Bull Run where it turned upward over a steep grade, beside a rocky bluff narrowing at the summit. Spring floods had cut ditches down and across it, and the corduroy logs forming its bed were frost heaved and protruding dangerously. "I took the horses off the pole and got the logging chain I always carried, skidding the worst of the logs into the ditch. Hitching up once more I managed the grade and two or three miles of rough road beyond, which rolled down the long grade on the other side to the Black River Flats. From Kushog Lake to the grades before Dorset meant three or four easy miles which ended at the Longford store at 4:30 pm ten and a half hours after leaving Carnarvon."