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The Founding of Dundas

The Founding of Dundas

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

The Founding of Dundas

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
In Dundas, just inside the entrance to a park
at the intersection of Cross and Alma streets
a block east of Sydenham Street
(Note: This plaque has been reported missing
as of May 2016)

Coordinates: N 43 16.230 W 79 57.149


Plaque Text

In 1793 Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe authorized a townplot in this vicinity at the then eastern terminus of Dundas Street. Its original name, "Coote's Paradise", was derived from that of the adjoining marsh, a haunt of waterfowl, and the favourite hunting ground of a Captain Thomas Coote. West of the townplot mills were built, which became the nucleus of a community known by 1801 as "Dundas Mills". The community's location at the head of navigation on Lake Ontario attracted settlers. About 1808 streets were laid out by Richard Hatt and William Hare. The village's growth was further stimulated by the completion in 1837 of the Desjardins Canal, and the Town of Dundas was incorporated in 1847.

Related Ontario plaque
Dundas Street



Other Plaques in Dundas
The Desjardins Canal
Dundas Mills
The Dundas Town Hall
Griffin House

Hamilton Plaques

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