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Hiram Walker, 1816-1899

Hiram Walker

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Hiram Walker

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Hiram Walker

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The County of Essex
The City of Windsor
On the north side of 2072 Riverside Drive East
between Devonshire Road and Walker Road

Coordinates: N 42 19.564 W 83 00.708


Plaque Text

Massachusetts born, Hiram Walker had by the 1850s become a successful general merchant, distiller and grain dealer in Detroit. After Michigan adopted prohibition in 1855 he acquired land across the river in Canada where he established a distillery and mill which became the nucleus of the company town of Walkerville. Soon the Walker enterprises had expanded to include cattle finishing (using distillery wastes), a river ferry, and a railway to transport the company's products. Although Walker himself lived in Canada only from 1859 to 1864, he played an important role in the economic development of western Ontario.

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