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Sir Adam Beck's Birthplace

Sir Adam Beck's Birthplace

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2011

Sir Adam Beck's Birthplace

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The Township of Wilmot
In Baden, at the entrance to Sir Adam Beck Community Park
on the south side of Snyders Road East
between Foundry Street and Sandhills Road

Coordinates: N 43 24.294 W 80 39.613


Plaque Text

Founder of Ontario's public hydro-electric system, Adam Beck (1857-1925) was born in Baden. He lived in this community until 1885 when he moved to London, Ontario. Beck was elected mayor of that city in 1902 and the following year was appointed to a provincial commission to investigate the development and distribution of power from Niagara Falls. He served as a member of the Ontario legislature where, in 1906, he introduced the bill which set up the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. As chairman of that body, 1906-25, he was largely responsible for its successful establishment and growth and was knighted in 1914.

Related Ontario plaque
Sir Adam Beck 1857-1925

Related Toronto plaque
Sir Adam Beck School and the Summer of '36



Other Plaques in Baden
Castle Kilbride
The First Amish Settlement

Wilmot Plaques

Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted May 26, 2010
This plaque is now located across the street from the original location at the entrance to Sir Adam Beck Park. [Editor's Response: Thanks. Location now corrected.]

> Posted November 24, 2008
The school has been razed and the area is being developed for housing. There is no plaque at or near this location.
Nov.20th,08 - KarlJ.

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