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Port Carling 1869

Port Carling 1869

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2005

Port Carling 1869

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

Plaque Location

The District of Muskoka
The Township of Muskoka Lakes
In Port Carling, beside the locks
on the north side of Road 118

Coordinates: N 45 07.210 W 79 34.611


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Plaque Text

The first white settlers on the site of this town, then known as Indian Village, arrived about 1865. In 1869 it was named after the Honourable John Carling, Ontario's first Minister of Public Works and Agriculture. Water transportation, so vital to the early farmers and lumbermen, was greatly aided by the construction of these locks,
1869-71, by the provincial government. The village was incorporated in 1896.

Related Ontario plaque
Sir John Carling 1828-1911



Muskoka Lakes Plaques

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> Posted December 13, 2009
It's worthy to note that this plaque is credited as being the first provincial historical plaque, dating from the late 1950s. -Wayne

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