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Thomas Baker McQuesten

K.C., M.L.A.

 

ó1882 – 1945 ó

 
Thomas Baker McQuesten Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
1. Thomas Baker McQuesten Marker
Inscription. Thomas Baker McQuesten was born in Hespeler, Ontario June 30, 1882. In 1934 he was appointed Minister of Highways and Public Works for the Province of Ontario and Chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission. He served in both positions for ten years.

During his term as chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, he was instrumental in the building of Oakes Garden Theatre; The construction of the Niagara Parkway from Clifton Hill to the whirlpool; the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture; Mather Park and Mather Arch at Fort Erie.

His deep appreciation of Canadian history and tradition resulted in the restoration of Fort George, historic Fort Erie and the MacKenzie House in Queenston.

His foresight led the Niagara Parks Commission to initiate a movement to build the present Rainbow Bridge, three months before the Upper Steel Arch Bridge was destroyed by ice. As chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission, he oversaw the construction of the Rainbow Bridge, the Rainbow Gardens and the Carillon Tower.

Everyone who enjoys the beauty of the floral gardens within the Niagara parks has reason to thank Thomas B. McQuesten.
 
Erected 1992 by The Niagara Parks Commission.
 
Location. 43° 5.401′ N, 79° 
Thomas Baker McQuesten Marker at Rainbow Gardens image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
2. Thomas Baker McQuesten Marker at Rainbow Gardens
Niagara Parkway is on the right, where the horizon is the Canadian side of Rainbow Bridge.
4.32′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is at the intersection of Clifton Hill and Niagara Parkway / River Road, on the right on Clifton Hill. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Upper Suspension Bridge (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Upper Steel Arch Bridge (about 120 meters away); To the Memory of Burrell Hecock (about 180 meters away); Rainbow Bridge (about 210 meters away); Zimmerman Fountain Pond (about 240 meters away); The Boundary Waters Treaty (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The First People to See the Falls (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.); Hennepin View (approx. 0.4 kilometers away in the U.S.). Click for a list of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Thomas McQuesten. “Thomas Baker McQuesten was a Canadian politician, lawyer and politician and government appointee who lived in Hamilton, Ontario. As minister of Highways in the government of Mitchell Hepburn, McQuesten oversaw a number of signature highways, bridges and parks projects.” (Submitted on November 2, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.) 

2. Rainbow Garden is a Thing of Beauty. This page has photographs and a short article
The Hon. Thomas Baker McQuesten as Transportation Minister image. Click for full size.
the Hamilton Public Library Digitization Department, November 25, 1940
3. The Hon. Thomas Baker McQuesten as Transportation Minister
on Rainbow Garden. Excerpt: “The purpose of the Rainbow Gardens was to connect the Oaks Garden Theatre complex and the Rainbow Bridge. The Oakes Garden Theatre is a grass covered Greco-Roman style amphitheater surrounded by a limestone staircase, and features lovely fountains, urns and ornamental statuary. The Garden area is beautifully surrounded by a large ornamental stone wall which helps create a feeling of seclusion and serenity, despite itís proximity to the many high-rise hotels and the Falls themselves. One can walk through this tranquil setting and forget the hustle and bustle of the always crowded Clifton Hill just 100 yards north.” (Submitted on November 2, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Rainbow Gardens
Constructed in 1937, it was designed by Howard Dunnington-Grubb, famed Canadian architect, assisted by J.V. Stensson and architect William Somerville. Fountains and sculpture were designed by Florence Wyle, Frances Loring and Elizabeth Wyn Wood.
    — Submitted November 2, 2014.

 
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Entrance to Oakes Garden Theatre image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 15, 2014
4. Entrance to Oakes Garden Theatre
This marker is on the wall to the right of the staircases which lead to the grass-floored amphitheater.
“Oakes Garden Theatre and General Brock Hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada” image. Click for full size.
5. “Oakes Garden Theatre and General Brock Hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada”
Compare this old postcard image with recent Photo No. 4. The General Brock Hotel is now the Crowne Plaza.
“American Falls from the Pergola, Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Falls, Canada” image. Click for full size.
6. “American Falls from the Pergola, Oakes Garden Theatre, Niagara Falls, Canada”
This postcard view is the reverse from image No. 5.
“Rainbow Bridge Gardens and Carillon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ont.” image. Click for full size.
7. “Rainbow Bridge Gardens and Carillon Tower, Niagara Falls, Ont.”
Compare this view with Photo No. 2. The marker post-dates this postcard. It would be placed at the end of the upper wall on the left.
“Rainbow Bridge and Carillon Tower, Niagara Falls, Canada” image. Click for full size.
8. “Rainbow Bridge and Carillon Tower, Niagara Falls, Canada”
On this linen postcard, the view is from Canada towards the United States. The falls are out of frame to the right.
“The Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, Canada” image. Click for full size.
November 4, 2014
9. “The Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls, Canada”
This postcard view frames the three falls under the Rainbow Bridge. Published by “Photogelatine Engraving Co., Limited, Ottawa.”
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Niagara Parks School of Horticulture • Mather Park and Mather Arch • Fort George, Fort Erie and the MacKenzie House • Historic photos of Upper Steel Arch Bridge • More and better photos of Rainbow Gardens • Can you help?
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