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Near Chatham in Chatham-Kent Division, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Legend of the Paw Paw

 

— Tecumseh Parkway —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
1. The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker
View of the featured historical marker with a second, related marker in the background.
Inscription.  The Paw Paw tree (Asimina triloba) is native to the southern, eastern, and mid-western United States and extends to Canada only in the extreme southern part of Ontario. It has the largest edible fruit native to North America. The fruit looks somewhat like a small banana and has a custard taste.

Popular attributes relates the presence of several groves of this thicket-forming understory tree along this section of the Thames River to American soldiers who carried the fruit with them from Kentucky in 1813 and discarded the seeds along their advance route as the Paw Paws were consumed.
 
Erected 2013 by Tecumseh Parkway.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentWar of 1812.
 
Location. 42° 26.472′ N, 82° 8.163′ W. Marker is near Chatham, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent Division. Marker is on River Line (Route 39) just east of Communication Road (Ontario Highway 40), on the left when traveling east. This historical marker is located in a rural area, on the edge of a farmers
The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
2. The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker
field, in a small roadside park, on the north side of the roadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9775 River Line, Chatham, Ontario N7M 5J4, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burning of British Ships / American Encampment (a few steps from this marker); The Abolition Movement in British North America (approx. 5.1 kilometers away); John Brown's Convention 1858 (approx. 5.1 kilometers away); Chatham Armoury (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); Tecumseh (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); Chatham Blockhouse (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); The Forks (approx. 5.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
 
The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
3. The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker
View, looking west, at the French text side of the markers, of the historical marker, situated between a Tecumseh Parkway historical marker and a Tecumseh Parkway sign to alert motorists of the nearby markers.
The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
4. The Legend of the Paw Paw Marker
View, looking east, at the English text side of the markers, of the historical marker, situated between a Tecumseh Parkway sign to alert motorists of the nearby markers, and a Tecumseh Parkway historical marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 543 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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