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The Founding of Pickering

The Founding of Pickering

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Founding of Pickering

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

Plaque Location

The Region of Durham
The Town of Ajax
In a small park at the junction of
Kingston Road West (Road 2) and Old Kingston Road
just west of Church Street


Coordinates: N 43 51.262 W 79 03.416

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Plaque Text

Between 1801 and 1807 a settlement developed here in Pickering Township where the Danforth Road crossed Duffin's Creek. Among the early settlers was Timothy Rogers, a prominent Quaker and colonizer who built a saw and grist-mill in 1809. A post-office was established in 1829 but the hamlet of Duffin's Creek developed slowly. The construction of the Grand Trunk Railway, completed in 1856, and growing agricultural prosperity stimulated the community's development as an important grist-milling and local commercial centre. Known as Pickering from the late 1870's, it became a police village in 1900 with about 1000 inhabitants. In 1953 it was made an incorporated Village and in 1974 amalgamated with the Town of Ajax.

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