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The Founding of Bolton

The Founding of Bolton

Photo by contributor Kathy Frlan - Posted August, 2011

The Founding of Bolton

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted August, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of Peel
The Town of Caledon
In Bolton, in a grassy area at the bend in Mill Street
170 m east of Queen Street North

Coordinates: N 43 52.897 W 79 44.281


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Plaque Text

In 1821 George Bolton, an English immigrant purchased 80 ha of land here on the Humber River. Two years later in partnership with his uncle, James Bolton, one of Albion Township's earliest settlers, he erected a grist-mill. This provided the nucleus around which a community known as Bolton's Mills was established by 1830. A post office named "Albion" was opened in 1832. By 1850 the settlement contained a sawmill, stores, a woollen factory, tannery and blacksmith's shop and within five years a village plot was laid out. The construction of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway in 1871 stimulated the growth of Bolton which, with a population of 795, was incorporated as a village in 1872.

Related Ontario plaque
Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway



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