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Sir Casimir S. Gzowski 1813-1898

 
 
Sir Casimir S. Gzowski Marker - east-facing side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
1. Sir Casimir S. Gzowski Marker - east-facing side
Inscription. First chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission (1885-93) Gzowski was born in Russia of Polish parents. Forced to emigrate, following participation in the Polish Rising of 1830, he came to Canada in 1841. An exceptionally able engineer, he first served as a government construction superintendent. He later organized a company which built the Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Sarnia, 1853-7, and the International Bridge across the Niagara River at Fort Erie in 1873. He was a founder of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1887. A colonel in the Canadian militia, he was appointed Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Queen in 1879 and knighted in 1890. Gzowski served as Administrator of Ontario 1896-97.

Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario
 
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
 
Location. 43° 5.202′ N, 79° 4.52′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Niagara Parkway 0.1 kilometers north of Murray Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario ON L2G, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To the Memory of Burrell Hecock (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Zimmerman Fountain Pond
Sir Casimir S. Gzowski Marker - west-facing side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
2. Sir Casimir S. Gzowski Marker - west-facing side
The text is the same on both sides of the marker.
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Louis Hennepin 1626 - c. 1705 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Thomas Baker McQuesten (approx. half a kilometer away); Prospect Point Viewing Area (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Luna Island (approx. 0.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Upper Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Upper Steel Arch Bridge (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Queen Victoria Park, mounted on a pole next to the pedestrian walkway that follows the Niagara River. The marker is located directly opposite the American Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Sir Casimir S. Gzowski. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online's extended treatment of Gzowski: ...Gzowski died on 24 Aug. 1898 after a three-month illness. The Toronto World paid him perhaps the most poetic tribute: "Yesterday morning, just as the terrific thunderstorm had subsided and the morning sun was peeping over the eastern horizon, the spirit of
Sir Casimir S. Gzowski Marker - wide view looking west image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 21, 2010
3. Sir Casimir S. Gzowski Marker - wide view looking west
one of Toronto’s most illustrious citizens took flight.” Under glowing headlines the newspapers recounted the saga of his fascinating life. Seen in retrospect, Sir Casimir was above all else a romantic exile who learned his trade in the United States but dedicated himself to building Canada and defending the empire, for which wealth and royal honours were justly merited. As a public figure he was also much loved, as the Globe observed of his passing: “By his death Toronto loses one who for nearly sixty years had occupied a foremost place in the social and industrial life of the community. A man of commanding appearance and dignified bearing, his figure was a familiar one to the people of this city, and one which never passed unnoticed. To those who knew him socially the rare amiability of his character, the charm of his manner, his broad culture and generous hospitality endeared him in an unusual degree.”
(Submitted on October 21, 2010.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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