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The Founding of Blyth

The Founding of Blyth

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

The Founding of Blyth

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

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Township of North Huron
In Blyth, on the west side of Queen Street (Road 4)
between Dinsley and Drummond streets


Coordinates: N 43 44.213 W 81 25.751

Map

Plaque Text

By 1851, Lucius McConnell and Kenneth McBain, two of the earliest settlers in the area, had located here in Morris Township. Four years later, Donald McDonald laid out a village plot on the border between Wawanosh and Morris Townships and in July, 1856, a post-office was established. The village developed slowly but within two years contained a sawmill owned by McBain, a Presbyterian church, a tavern, and store. Originally known as Drummond after an enterprising early family, the village, a market town for the surrounding agricultural region, was renamed Blyth after an absentee landowner. In January, 1876, a station on the London, Huron and Bruce Railway was opened and a year later the village was incorporated with a population of about 800.

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