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The Founding of Uxbridge

The Founding of Uxbridge

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Founding of Uxbridge

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

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Township of Uxbridge
On the southeast corner of Brock Street West and
Toronto Street South, on the wall of the original public library
beside the current public library


Coordinates: N 44 06.522 W 79 07.353

Map

Plaque Text

The settlement of this area was stimulated by the arrival about 1806 of approximately twelve Quaker families from Pennsylvania. About 1808 Joseph Collins completed the first saw and grist-mill around which a community developed. The mill was bought in 1832 by Joseph Gould. A post office named Uxbridge was opened in 1836 with Joseph Bascom as Postmaster. In 1844, Gould, industrialist, land owner and later first member of the Parliament of Canada for Ontario North, erected a large woollen mill. The completion in 1871 of the section of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway between Scarborough and Uxbridge fostered the growth of the community. Incorporated as a village with a population of 1,367 in 1872, Uxbridge became a town in 1885.

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