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Thomas Curtis Clarke 1827-1901

Thomas Curtis Clarke 1827-1901

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2010

Thomas Curtis Clarke 1827-1901

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Municipality of Port Hope
On the west side of Lent Lane
halfway between Augusta Street and Walton Street

Coordinates: N 43 57.021 W 78 17.660


Plaque Text

"The world of today differs from that of Napoleon Bonaparte more than his world differed from that of Julius Caeser, and this change has chiefly been made by engineering". These were the words of civil engineer Thomas Clarke, a New Englander who came to Port Hope in 1853 to work for the local railway. He married and raised a family here, and in the 1860s was a partner in a Port Hope firm that constructed the East and West Blocks of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Clarke then moved to the United States where he pioneered the modern iron viaduct and built massive railway bridges that brought him international acclaim. Clarke is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Port Hope.


Port Hope Plaques

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