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Newfoundland and Labrador Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 18, 2020

 
Newfoundland and Labrador Coat of Arms
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 Newfoundland and Labrador ranks 85th among provinces and states with markers in this database. Newfoundland and Labrador is a province in Canada located in the Atlantic Provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador is some 653 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 520 thousand people. The province is divided into eleven divisions and seven of them have entries in this database. In Newfoundland and Labrador we have discovered historical markers in 15 cities and towns lying in 15 postal delivery areas.

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How many historical markers are there in Newfoundland and Labrador? There are least 52 of them, by our count. We have cataloged that many historical markersóeach individually presented on illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Newfoundland and Labrador marker in the database, Castle Hill, was added November 15, 2014. It was photographed in Placentia in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). The last one added was submitted on December 16, 2014, and titled Port aux Basques - North Sydney. It is near Channel-Port aux Basques in Division No. 3 (South Coast) and had been erected in 1998. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Newfoundland and Labrador was erected in 1961. It was this one: Battle of Signal Hill, and one of our correspondents found it in St. John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula) on November 16, 2014.

Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Categories
9 • Settlements and Settlers
9 • Communications
8 • Forts or Castles
8 • Industry and Commerce
6 • Waterways and Vessels
5 • Exploration
4 • Science and Medicine
3 • French and Indian War
3 • Railroads and Streetcars
2 • Colonial Era
    ... and more ...

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians donít want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Newfoundland and Labrador about Settlements and Settlersónine of themóthan about any other historical category. A close second is Communications with nine markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers category was William Carson, added November 21, 2014. It had been erected in St. John's in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula). The last one submitted was submitted on December 15, 2014, and titled St. Anthony. It had been erected in St. Anthony in Division No. 9 (North Peninsula). The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers category that we have listed was erected in 2000. It was Basque Whalers in the Strait of Belle Isle, found in Red Bay in Division No. 10 (Labrador) on December 9, 2014.

Divisions, Cities and Towns

The Newfoundland and Labrador division with the most historical markers listed in this database is Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), with 35 of them. It is followed by Division No. 9 (North Peninsula) with seven markers. The St. John's area of Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula) has the highest number of markers within its limits, 23. In Division No. 9 (North Peninsula) the area with the most markers, 3, is St. Anthony.

Checking the database for the city or town in Newfoundland and Labrador with the most markers we again find St. John's at the top of the list with 23 markers in or near it. It is followed by Placentia in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula) with six markers. For the postal code with the most markers itís A1A at the top of the list with 12 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code A1C with nine markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Newfoundland and Labrador Cities and Towns
23 • St. John's
6 • Placentia
3 • L'Anse-au-Loup
3 • Ferryland
3 • St. Anthony
2 • Red Bay
2 • Blackhead
2 • Corner Brook
2 • St Lunaire-Griquet
1 • St John's
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula), the first marker added to the database from there, Castle Hill, was added November 15, 2014, and was also the first one submitted in all of Newfoundland and Labrador. in Placentia. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 8, 2014, and is titled The French Attack Ferryland, in Ferryland. The earliest marker erected in Division No. 1 (Avalon Peninsula) that we have listed was erected in 1961. It was Battle of Signal Hill, found in St. John's on November 16, 2014.

Latest entry from Newfoundland and Labrador. Click to go there
By Barry Swackhamer, July 2, 2014
Latest Entry from Newfoundland and Labrador
“Port aux Basques - North Sydney”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Placentia. The first we touched on earlier: Castle Hill. The last: Port Royal and Castle Graves added on November 19, 2014.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers province-wide in Newfoundland and Labrador today. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has erected numerous historical markers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Also, a number of divisions have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Newfoundland and Labrador offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Newfoundland and Labrador, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps youíll find some we donít know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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