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Beckwith Street and Bridge / La rue Beckwith et le pont

 
 
Beckwith Street and Bridge / La rue Beckwith et le pont Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2018
1. Beckwith Street and Bridge / La rue Beckwith et le pont Marker
Inscription.

Created during the town's settlement in the early 1820's, the name of Beckwith Street and its bridge derived from Beckwith Township, when strong ties existed between the Anglican congregations of both communities. At 99 feet wide, Beckwith Street and its bridge encompassed a striking view for travelers who arrived from steamboats at the Combined Locks. While Smiths Falls boasted that it had two of the widest main streets in Upper Canada, local mythology suggests that the surveyors who were working on the street's construction were inebriated at the time and mistakenly marked the street twice, laying a double width of the street out on each side.

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Créée lors de l'établissement de la ville au début des années 1820, le nom de la rue Beckwith et de son pont dérive du canton de Beckwith alors qu'existaient de [?]orts liens entre les congrégations anglicanes des deux collectivités. À 99 pieds de largo, la rue Beckwith et son pont comportaient une vue prenante pour les voyageurs qui arrivaient de bateaux à vapeur aux écluses combinées. Alors que Smiths Falls s'enorgueillissait qu'elle avait deux des plus larges rue principales au Haut-Canada, la mythologie locale suggère que les arpenteurs qui travaillaient à la construction
Beckwith Street and Bridge / La rue Beckwith et le pont Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 7, 2018
2. Beckwith Street and Bridge / La rue Beckwith et le pont Marker
Looking north along Beckwith Street
de la rue étaient ivres à ce moment-là et qu'ils ont par erreur indiqué la rue à deux reprises, situant une largeur double de la rue de chaque côté.
 
Erected by Heritage House Museum, Government of Ontario, and Parks Canada. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Location. 44° 53.875′ N, 76° 1.261′ W. Marker is in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Marker is on Beckwith Street South (Provincial Highway 15), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34 Beckwith Street South, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 2A8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wood's Mill / Moulin Wood (a few steps from this marker); Vimy Oaks / Les chênes de Vimy (within shouting distance of this marker); To Commemorate the Opening of the Rideau Canal 1832 (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); HMCS Smiths Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); Rotary Club Swimming Pool Stone / La pierre de la piscine du club Rotary (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Smiths Falls (about 120 meters away); Parc Victoria Park (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smiths Falls.
 
More about this marker. The marker is heavily deteriorated
 
Also see . . .  Smiths Falls Official Website. (Submitted on October 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 12, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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