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The Peterson Road

The Peterson Road

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

The Peterson Road

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The Municipality of Hastings Highlands
In Maynooth, on the north side of Road 62
just east of Highway 127, street number 33011

Coordinates: N 45 13.886 W 77 56.211


Plaque Text

The Peterson Road was named after Joseph S. Peterson, the surveyor who determined its route in this region. Constructed 1858-1863 at a cost of some $39,000 it stretched about 183 km between the Muskoka and Opeongo Roads and formed part of a system of government colonization routes built to open up the southern region of the Precambrian Shield. Poor soil disappointed hopes of a large-scale agricultural settlement along this road both on government "free-grant" lots and on the lands of the Canadian Land and Emigration Company. Though portions of the route were overgrown by the 1870's, the Maynooth-Combermere section aided lumbering and now contributes to the development of an important Ontario vacation area.

Related Ontario plaques
The Peterson Road
Muskoka Road
The Opeongo Road
The Precambrian Shield



Hastings Highlands Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted November 19, 2011
Re: comment of Aug. 9: I empathize with anyone traveling and seeking plaques which are hard or impossible to find. It's especially aggravating when you might only be in an area rarely, if not once in a lifetime. Often have I looked in vain for plaques, but mostly before these websites came into being. What a great help they are. -Wayne

> Posted November 6, 2011
The Peterson Road also continues past Maynooth and well into the Algonquin Park region. As it is true the the road was intended to open up the area for agriculture, it also lent a great aid for the lumber companies to get well into the interior and thus profit by the efforts of the generation before. Maynooth would not exist today if it weren't for the lumber industry at the time. As it's also true that the Peterson Road in used for vacationers, it's also a well known route for motor cyclists and people that own cottages along it's path.

> Posted August 9, 2011
I was there Monday looking for the plaque. It's been displaced to accommodate some new centre the town has built. There's very nice landscaping outside the new building, and I hope they eventually get around to replanting the plaque. The highway sign is still there to tease you that there should be a historical marker. Very disappointing, because I don't get out that way very often.... it's rather far from anything.

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