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Founding of Arthur

Founding of Arthur

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Founding of Arthur

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

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The Township of Wellington North
In Arthur, on the southwest corner of
George and Francis streets one block north of Road 109


Coordinates: N 43 49.753 W 80 32.019

Map

Plaque Text

Arthur, named for Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, was the southern terminus of the Garafraxa "colonization road" to Owen Sound. Settlers arrived in 1840 but the townsite was not officially surveyed until 1846. The establishment of saw and grist mills hastened growth in the community which was also the natural market centre for the area's agricultural production. In 1851 a post office was opened and the first church and school were organized. A weekly newspaper, the Enterprise, was established and a Divisional Court met at Arthur. Economic development was further encouraged when, in 1872, a station of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway was opened in the community. That year, Arthur was incorporated as a village.

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