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The Founding of Oliver Township

The Founding of Oliver Township

Photo by contributor Thomas William Kirkbride - Posted March, 2006

The Founding of Oliver Township

Photo by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted July, 2012

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge
In Murillo, in front of the municipal building
at 4569 Oliver Road


Coordinates: N 48 24.700 W 89 30.130

Map

Plaque Text

In the late 1860s the need to develop a local agricultural base to serve a growing population of the Thunder Bay region became apparent, and when the 1873 survey of Oliver Township indicated that it contained good agricultural land, attention focused here. Active efforts were begun to encourage farmers from the region and elsewhere in Ontario to settle on the free grant lands in the township, and within five years some seventy families had moved there. In 1878 to facilitate a construction of badly needed roads two settlers, Robert Hopkins and David Squiers, led a movement to establish a local township government. Elections were held on December 30, 1878, and three days later the newly elected township officials were sworn into office.

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