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Waterloo Pioneers

Waterloo Pioneers

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2009

Waterloo Pioneers

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012

Waterloo Pioneers

Photo from Google Street View ©2012 Google - Posted April, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Kitchener
1 block west of Sportsworld Drive, off King Street East, can be found Deer Ridge Drive. Follow it to Lookout Lane at the end of which is this tower.

Coordinates: N 43 24.025 W 80 24.963


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Plaque Text

In the year 1800 a small number of Mennonite families arrived from Pennsylvania to settle Block 2, former Six Nation land along the Grand River. Others, mainly Mennonites, following during the next three years until problems regarding ownership of the land curtailed the migration. Representatives were sent back to Pennsylvania to raise the money necessary to secure clear title to the land, with the result that a joint stock company was formed and 24,000 ha purchased. Pennsylvania 'Dutch' settlers quickly took up this land, creating the first sizeable inland settlement in Upper Canada.

Another plaque at this location
Waterloo Pioneers

Related Ontario plaques
First Mennonite Settlement
The Six Nations



Kitchener Plaques

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