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Near Gravenhurst in Muskoka District, Ontario — Central Canada

The Muskoka Road 1858

The Muskoka Road 1858 Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Sutcliffe, June 14, 2008
1. The Muskoka Road 1858 Marker
Inscription. During the 1850's and 1860's the government attempted to open up the districts lying north of the settled townships by means of "Colonization Roads". Free land was offered to persons who would settle along the route, clear a stated acreage and help maintain the road. In 1858 construction began on a road from Washago to the interior of Muskoka. R.J. Oliver was appointed the government land agent at the Severn Bridge and directed the progress of the settlement. The road was completed to the site of Bracebridge by 1861 and the adjacent bushland formed into the townships of Morrison, Muskoka, Draper and Macaulay.
Erected by The Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Location. 44° 49.853′ N, 79° 19.276′ W. Marker is near Gravenhurst, Ontario, in Muskoka District. Marker is on Hwy. 11 South one kilometer south of Kilworthy Rd., on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gravenhurst, Ontario P0E 1G0, Canada.
More about this marker. The marker is located in a seasonal roadside picnic area.
Also see . . .  List of Ontario Colonization Roads (Wikipedia). (Submitted on September 29, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2017, by David Sutcliffe of Kilworthy, Ontario. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2017, by David Sutcliffe of Kilworthy, Ontario. Photo   1. submitted on September 26, 2017, by David Sutcliffe of Kilworthy, Ontario. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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