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Founding of Port Colborne

Founding of Port Colborne

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Founding of Port Colborne

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

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The City of Port Colborne
On the northeast corner of
King Street and Clarence Street West

Coordinates: N 42 53.186 W 79 15.077


Plaque Text

In 1831 the Welland Canal Company selected Gravelly Bay as the southern terminus of their waterway connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie, and in 1833 asked the permission of Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Colborne to name the site "Port Colborne". The Hon. William H. Merritt, president of the Canal Company, had streets laid out on both sides of the canal in 1834 and, with several partners, built a grist-mill by 1835. Initially the community's economy depended largely on the canal, but from the 1850's Port Colborne developed as a wheat-shipping point, railway junction and industrial centre. In was incorporated as a village in 1869 and council first met on January 17, 1870.

Related Ontario plaques
The First Welland Canal 1824-1833
William Hamilton Merritt 1793-1862



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