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Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005


Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Township of Hamilton
In Harwood, on the east side of Front Street
at street number 5453, north of Rice Lake Scenic Drive

Coordinates: N 44 08.440 W 78 10.891


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Plaque Text

This area, purchased in 1828 by Robert Harwood, a Montreal merchant, did not begin to develop rapidly until the arrival of the Cobourg and Peterborough Railway in 1854. Harwood was surveyed in 1855, and the line, which transported passengers, lumber and goods to Peterborough, and later ore for the Marmora iron foundry, encouraged commercial development here. The near-by crib bridge, which carried the track across Rice Lake and on to Peterborough was, however, poorly engineered and constructed and was closed in 1862. Competition from the Port Hope-Peterborough railway was severe and service on the Cobourg-Harwood line ceased in 1895 after the local lumber mills had closed. Today Harwood remains primarily a summer cottage community.

Related Ontario plaques
Cobourg and Peterborough Railway 1852-1898
Marmora Ironworks 1823


Hamilton Plaques

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