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feed his cattle at the corner of Walker and Tecumseh, Hiram Walker
laid a slop pipe from his distillery on the riverfront.
pipe was constructed of hollowed out cypress trees imported from
the Florida Everglades. The cattle were well fed with the pumped
in leftovers for many years.
development caught up to the cattle yard, the livestock were moved
and the pipe was abandoned. Occasionally, bits of it turn up: sections
were found on Monmouth Rd. and at the GM Transmission Plant. You
can view pieces at the Windsor Community Museum and at Hiram Walker's.
to the Civil War, in 1864, a loonie was worth $2.50 U.S. Hiram Walker
purchased as many U.S. dollars as he could.
for alcohol was so great his distillery was busy loading whiskey
into boats headed for thirsty Americans. By the time the war ended
and the U.S. dollar returned to par, he was rich.
success made competitors jealous; from a place called "Swill Point"
in Detroit, a concocted story emerged that in order to avoid customs,
he had constructed a whisky pipeline under the river from his distillery
to his Detroit property at 35 Atwater St.
Story: Elmwood Cemetary: Walker's Resting Place