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The Founding of Mitchell

The Founding of Mitchell

Photo by contributor David Brown - Posted October, 2004

The Founding of Mitchell

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

Plaque Location

The County of Perth
The Municipality of West Perth
In Mitchell, in a park on the north side of Highway 8 at the west end of the North Thames River bridge


Coordinates: N 43 28.149 W 81 11.971

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Plaque Text

In 1836 the Canada Company, a large private land settlement agency, laid out a town plot (Mitchell) here on the Huron Road. Within a year John Hicks, one of Logan Township's earliest settlers, had erected a hotel near this point where the road crossed the Thames River. Although settlement proceeded slowly at first, a sawmill was in operation by 1842. Following the opening of the Mitchell-Blanshard Road in 1845 stores and other mills were built and in 1851 the population had reached 150. The arrival of the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railroad in 1857 greatly stimulated the development of Mitchell and it was incorporated as a Village in that year. In 1874 with a population of some 2000 it became a Town.

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