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The Founding of Chippawa

The Founding of Chippawa

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Founding of Chippawa

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

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The City of Niagara Falls
In Chippawa, in the square at the south end
of the bridge over the Welland River


Coordinates: N 43 03.553 W 79 03.055

Map

Plaque Text

In 1792-94 a village grew up near Fort Chippawa on Chippawa Creek at the end of the new portage road from Queenston. In 1793 the creek was renamed the Welland River, but the village, where a post-office was opened before 1801, remained "Chippawa". It was largely destroyed 1813-14 when British and American forces fought for control of the Welland River. Portage traffic revived after the war and continued until Chippawa became an outlet for the original Welland Canal from 1829 to 1833. A horse-powered railway, the first in Upper Canada, was built to Niagara Falls in 1837-39. Chippawa was incorporated as a village in 1849, and in 1970 became part of the City of Niagara Falls.

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Church of the Holy Trinity
Fort Chippawa, 1791
Raid on Fort Schlosser 1813

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Niagara Falls Plaques




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