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St. Catharines in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
 

St. Catharines

Also Known As

 

—St. Catharines Heritage Corridor —

 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
1. Also Known As Marker
Inscription. St. Catharines has been known by a number of names in its history. The city is believed to have been one of the largest Native Settlements in North America. Shortly after the American Revolution, it was settled by Loyalists, the first of these known as John Halner and Jacob Ditrick.

Around the late 1700s the area underwent a full scale township survey and lands were made available by Royal Proclamation. At this time the city was commonly known as "The Twelve" because of its location close to Twelve Mile Creek. As more people began settling "The Twelve" construction of a church and a tavern began. The tavern's second owner, Paul Shipman, operated an inn along this route. His inn became increasingly important as traffic increased within the community and stage coaches traveled to and from Niagara-on-the-Lake. This settlement then became known as "Shipman's Corners" or "The Corners."

While the actual basis of the name St. Catharines is unknown, it's widely belived the city was named afer Robert Hamilton's wife Catharine. Hamilton was a Queenston merchant who held title to extensive land gained through Royal Proclaimation, and owned much of what is now the commercial core of the city.

St. Catharines has been known by many names throughout history, and in the late 1700s was commonly known as "The Twelve."
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
2. Also Known As Marker
City of St. Catharines.
 
Location. 43° 9.772′ N, 79° 14.629′ W. Marker is in St. Catharines, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Court Street, on the right when traveling south on Church Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3C9, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Paul Street United Church (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); BME Church (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Harriet Tubman (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Salem Chapel, British Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Harriet Ross Tubman c. 1820-1913 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); a different marker also named Harriet Tubman (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Private Alexander Watson (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Founding of St. Catharines (approx. half a kilometer away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Catharines.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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By Anton Schwarzmueller, July 27, 2014
3. Also Known As Marker
Church Street is one way here; note the do not enter signs.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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