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The Founding of Clinton

The Founding of Clinton

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

The Founding of Clinton

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

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Municipality of Central Huron
In Clinton, at the intersection of Mary and Victoria streets

Coordinates: N 43 36.965 W 81 32.365


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Plaque Text

The earliest settlers on this site had arrived by 1834. Peter Vanderburgh opened a tavern north of here at the junction of the London and Huron Roads, and Jonas Gibbings began farming to the east. 'The Corners' grew slowly until William Rattenbury purchased three corners of the intersection and laid out a town plot. In 1852 a post office was opened and named Clinton, reportedly after Lord Clinton on whose English estate Rattenbury's father lived. Economic development was stimulated by the arrival of the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway in 1858 and an increased U.S. demand for agricultural products during the Civil War. Clinton became an incorporated village in 1858, and a town in 1875.



Other Plaques in Clinton
The Slomans and the CNR School on Wheels
Horatio Emmons Hale 1817-1896
Dr. Robert Hamilton Coats 1874-1960

Central Huron Plaques

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