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The Opeongo Road

Opeongo Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Opeongo Road

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Renfrew
The Township of Madawaska Valley
In Barry's Bay, in front of the post office
on the north side of Highway 60 at Road 62

Coordinates: N 45 29.324 W 77 40.729


Plaque Text

This was one of the "colonization roads" authorized by the Province of Canada in an attempt to open up the districts lying inland from the settled townships. Surveyed in 1852 by Robert Bell, P.L.S., 160 km were completed by January, 1854 as a winter road from the Ottawa River at Farrell's Landing to Opeongo Lake. By 1867 some 125 km of road were open for year-round traffic, but further construction had been abandoned. In 1855 T.P. French was appointed to supervise settlement, and free 40 ha lots were offered along the road, which brought many settlers to Renfrew County and aided the region's important lumbering industry.

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The Opeongo Road



Renfrew Plaques

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> Posted March 16, 2016
My name is Susie Farrell Kozoh and I am researching my Farrell family. (They came from Limerick, Ireland > Renfrew County, Ontario, Canada > Nebraska, USA). I've seen the mention of "Farrell's Landing" here and other places, but cannot find any information on how it got its name. Of course, I want to believe that I may be related to the family where this name came from. I've also seen the mention of "Farrell's Wharf". Does anyone have any information that might be useful to me, to find out? Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Susie Farrell Kozoh skozoh@comcast.net

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