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The Founding of Brantford

Founding of Brantford

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Founding of Brantford

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Brantford
In front of City Hall on George Street
between Wellington Street and Nelson Street


Coordinates: N 43 08.488 W 80 15.738

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Plaque Text

In the 1820's significant improvements to the Hamilton and London road attracted settlers to the Indian lands at Brant's Ford where this thoroughfare crossed the Grand River. A thriving village soon developed and in 1830 the Six Nations surrendered its site. The opening of navigation to Brantford in 1848, the completion of the Buffalo, Brantford and Goderich Railway to the town in 1854 and the development of a rich agricultural hinterland fostered significant commercial and manufacturing growth in Brantford. The firms of Cockshutt and Harris, established here during the 1870's, laid the foundation for Brantford's development as Canada's leading farm implement manufacturing centre. Brantford, which became a town in 1847, was incorporated as a city in 1877.

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