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The Founding of Almonte

The Founding of Almonte

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

The Founding of Almonte

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Mississippi Mills
In Almonte, on the south bank of the Mississippi River at a parking lot on Bridge Street across from Water Street

Coordinates: N 45 13.587 W 76 11.654


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Plaque Text

The sawmill and grist-mill completed here on the Mississippi River in 1823 by Daniel Shipman provided a nucleus around which a community known as Shipman's Mills had developed by 1824. About 1850 two town plots were laid out here - "Victoria" by Edward Mitcheson and "Ramsayville" by Daniel Shipman. They were combined in 1853 as "Waterford", which in 1855 was renamed "Almonte", probably after Juan N. Almonte, a famous Mexican general and diplomat. The opening of several woollen mills and the completion of a railway to Brockville, fostered the growth of Almonte, which by 1870 was one of Ontario's leading woollen cloth manufacturing centres. Incorporated as a village in 1871, with a population of about 2,000, Almonte was proclaimed a town in 1880.



Other Plaques in Almonte
The Rosamonds in Almonte
Former Almonte Post Office
Rosamond Woolen Company

Mississippi Mills Plaques

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