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The Founding of Listowel

The Founding of Listowel

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted October, 2004

The Founding of Listowel

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

Plaque Location

The County of Perth
The Municipality of North Perth
In Listowel, on the northeast corner of
Wallace Avenue North (Highway 23) and Elizabeth Street East
2 blocks north of Main Street (Road 86)


Coordinates: N 43 44.019 W 80 57.078

Map

Plaque Text

Among the earliest settlers on the site of Listowel was John Binning who, tradition has it, became the community's first permanent settler in 1852. Within four years D.D. Hay, one of the most enterprising early settlers, had erected a sawmill and a settlement called Mapleton developed. On June 1, 1856, a post office named Listowel was opened and the community, with a population of 200, contained taverns and a general store operated by W.H. Hacking. Ten years later the population had increased to 800 and the settlement became an incorporated Village. The arrival of a branch line of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway hastened the Village's development and it became a Town with a population of 2,054 in 1875.

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