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Near Fort Erie in Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Conestoga Wagon Trek

 
 
Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
1. Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker
Inscription.  The border between Canada and the United States of America has witnessed many migrations of people. At two times, however, the migration was primarily from south to north. That was in the troubled days just prior to the American Revolutionary War and during the uneasy decades when the new republic was being formed.

During the last two decades of the eighteenth century, many people, motivated by loyalty to the British Crown and fearing some aspects of the course being set by the new United States, sold prosperous farms in Pennsylvania and moved their possessions by conestoga wagon to Ontario. They entered the Niagara River at Black Rock, N.Y. and probably landed at or near this point. Many were German speaking people known as Pennsylvania Dutch. They came from Lancaster and neighbouring counties in Pennsylvania and settled in the Fort Erie area, Jordan, Vineland, the Markham area and Kitchener - Waterloo.

Their unconquerable courage and inflexible faith, together with hard work and much sacrifice, helped to establish many of the churches and the farming and business enterprises in this and other areas of the province of Ontario.

This
Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
2. Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker
View of the historical marker affixed to a large rock.
marker was erected by persons who, in 1997, celebrated the 200th anniversary of their foreparents' journey from Pennsylvania to Ontario by re-enacting their trek.
 
Erected by Niagara Parks Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 42° 58.93′ N, 79° 1.462′ W. Marker is near Fort Erie, Ontario, in Regional Municipality of Niagara. Marker is on Niagara Parkway just south of Netherby Road, on the left when traveling south. This historical marker is affixed to a large rock, along side a walking path that runs both in-between and parallel to the Niagara Parkway to the west and the Niagara River to the east. It is just a very short distance south of the Netherby Road intersection and north of the mouth of Black Creek. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4329 Niagara Parkway, Fort Erie, Ontario L2E 6S6, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebenezer Community (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Disaster at Eagle Park (approx. 3.8 kilometers away in the U.S.); Restoring Nature (approx. 5.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); For the Birds (approx. 5.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Bedell House 1877 - 1935
Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
3. Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker
View of the historical marker, looking north along both the walking path and the Niagara Parkway, with a view of the Niagara River in the distant right/center background.
(approx. 6.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Navy Island (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Grover Cleveland & Grand Island / Lewis F. Allen & Western New York (approx. 7.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); Allenton Farm/Creating Beaver Island State Park (approx. 7.3 kilometers away in the U.S.).
 
Also see . . .
1. Conestoga Wagons Trek From Lancaster. This is a link to information provided by Google News (Submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Speech for Boehm's Chapel Day, June 22, 1997. This is a link to information provided by the ancestry.com website. (Submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 11, 2012
4. Conestoga Wagon Trek Marker
View of the historical marker, looking south along both the walking path and the Niagara Parkway.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 525 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on August 2, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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