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The Founding of Walkerton

The Founding of Walkerton

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Walkerton

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of Brockton
In Walkerton, on the west side of McNab Street
just south of Durham Street East


Coordinates: N 44 07.930 W 81 08.736

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Plaque Text

In 1850 Joseph Walker came here to the Durham Road where it crosses the Saugeen River. He built an inn and contracted to build two bridges and a part of the road. He and his son William were in 1851 granted free lots and later allowed to buy adjoining property. Joseph Walker built a sawmill in 1852 and added a grist-mill the following year. Two stores were opened and "Brant Post Office" was established. Subdivisions were registered by Joseph Walker and others in 1857 when the name of the post-office was changed to Walkerton. The community was proclaimed the "county town" of Bruce County in 1866, and Walkerton was incorporated as a Town in 1871.

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> Posted April 17, 2009
I have heard my ancestor, John Hiscock came to Walkerton in 1833 from England.




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