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The Founding of St. Catharines

 
 
The Founding of St. Catharines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. The Founding of St. Catharines Marker
City Hall at left
Inscription. Before this region was settled, several Indian trails intersected here at a ford in Twelve Mile Creek. They were improved by early settlers and a church was erected at the crossroads by 1798. A tavern soon followed and a settlement, known as St. Catharines or Shipman's Corners, developed. After the War of 1812 the community expanded largely through the efforts of William Hamilton Merritt. He was the chief promoter of the First Welland Canal, built in 1824-33, which made St. Catharines a centre for water transportation and industry. Factories and mills were established and St. Catharines became a leading flour-milling and shipbuilding centre. It was incorporated as a Town in 1845 and as a City in 1876.
 
Erected by Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Recreation.
 
Location. 43° 9.575′ N, 79° 14.834′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and James Street, on the right when traveling north on Church Street. Click for map. Marker is on the front lawn of City Hall, just south of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Church Street, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R7C2, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
The Founding of St. Catharines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. The Founding of St. Catharines Marker
Northward view towards James Street
marker. City Hall 1937 (here, next to this marker); Private Alexander Watson (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Catharines (approx. half a kilometer away); Shipbuilding in St. Catharines 1845 (approx. half a kilometer away); St. Paul Street United Church (approx. half a kilometer away); In Memorium Reqviescant in Pace (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Anglican Church, St. Catharines (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); William Hamilton Merritt 1793 - 1862 (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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