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Thomas Coltrin Keefer 1821-1915

Thomas Coltrin Keefer

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted October, 2009

Thomas Coltrin Keefer Thomas Coltrin Keefer

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At the east end of Fleet Street, east off Booth Avenue
south of the Ottawa River Parkway

Coordinates: N 45 24.984 W 75 42.659


Plaque Text

Born in Thorold, Upper Canada, Keefer began his career as an engineer working for the Erie and Welland Canals. He first gained prominence in 1850 through the Philosophy of Railways, an eloquent and persuasive essay promoting railway development. This gave him wide influence during the railway building era, although he built no lines himself. His public works, particularly the Hamilton, Montréal and Ottawa waterworks, established his reputation as a hydraulics engineer throughout the continent and abroad. He was a founding member and first president of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. He died in Ottawa.

Related Ontario plaque
The Hamilton Waterworks
The First Welland Canal 1824-1833



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