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Thorold in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Founding of Thorold

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
1. The Founding of Thorold Marker
Inscription. During the construction of the original Welland Canal, 1824-1829, a number of communities sprung up along its length. Here, on land belonging to George Keefer, a village known as Thorold had developed by 1828. A large flouring mill was built on the canal and the Thorold Township post office was moved from Beaverdams to the new settlement by Jacob Keefer. By 1831 two sawmills were in operation and in 1835 the village contained 370 inhabitants. During the 1840's the building of the Welland Mills, then one of the largest flour mills in Canada, and the establishment of Ontario's first cotton factory, stimulated the community's growth. It was incorporated as a Village in 1850, as a Town in 1875 and as a City in 1975.
 
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Recreation.
 
Location. 43° 7.32′ N, 79° 12.038′ W. Marker is in Thorold, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker can be reached from Sullivan Avenue just south of Towpath Road. Click for map. This historical marker is located in the Beaverdams Battlefield Park, about halfway between the parking lot on Ormond Street South across from Portland Street and the Sullivan Avenue pedestrian entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Thorold, Ontario L2V 1W8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Founding of Thorold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
2. The Founding of Thorold Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Unknown American Soldiers (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Laura Ingersoll Secord (about 120 meters away); Beaver Dams (about 120 meters away); Arthur S. Whelan (about 150 meters away); In Memory of John Bean, Ph.D., M.D. (about 150 meters away); Lock 24 - First Welland Canal (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Vertical Lift Bridges (approx. 3.7 kilometers away); Bollards & Fairleads (approx. 3.7 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Thorold.
 
More about this marker. Although this historical marker is located in the Beaverdams Battlefield Park, this park is NOT the site of the Beaverdams Battlefield. This battle actually took place at a location some distance to the southeast. However, the space for this park was apparently originally part of the right-of-way for one of the earlier versions of the Welland Canal and when this version of the canal fell out of use, the canal was filled in and this portion of the canal right of way was converted into a community park. Just to the south of this historical marker one can partially see, exposed above ground, what is left of one of the old canal locks.
 
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The Founding of Thorold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
3. The Founding of Thorold Marker
View looking north of the historical marker with a view of the Beaverdams Battlefield Memorials in the distant background.
The Founding of Thorold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
4. The Founding of Thorold Marker
View looking south of the historical marker in the foreground and a partially visible canal lock in the background.
The Founding of Thorold Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 28, 2011
5. The Founding of Thorold Marker
A closer view of the partially visible canal lock that is just south of the historical marker.
 
 
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