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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Canton, New York

Clickable Map of St. Lawrence County, New York and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> St. Lawrence County, NY (184) Franklin County, NY (61) Hamilton County, NY (16) Herkimer County, NY (102) Jefferson County, NY (155) Lewis County, NY (19)  St.LawrenceCounty(184) St. Lawrence County (184)  FranklinCounty(61) Franklin County (61)  HamiltonCounty(16) Hamilton County (16)  HerkimerCounty(102) Herkimer County (102)  JeffersonCounty(155) Jefferson County (155)  LewisCounty(19) Lewis County (19)
Canton is the county seat for St. Lawrence County
Canton is in St. Lawrence County
      St. Lawrence County (184)  
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1New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Agricultural School
In 1906, the State Legislature granted St. Lawrence University a charter to operate a School of Agriculture, since the nearest similar school was over 200 miles away at Cornell. The male student body was taught modern farming and dairying methods, . . . Map (db m88772) HM
2New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Atwood Hall
Isaac Morgan Atwood served as president of the Canton Theological School between 1897 and 1899, when St. Lawrence University and its Universalist seminary came under one administration. His son, John Murray Atwood, was dean of the Theological . . . Map (db m189616) HM
3New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Brewer Bookstore
St. Lawrence University's original gymnasium was built in 1896 where Gunnison Memorial Chapel stands today. When the old gym burned in May 1925, construction of the Brewer Field House son began. Named for Charles S. Brewer (class of 1891), the . . . Map (db m88773) HM
4New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Canton's Islands / Falls Island in 1898
Canton's Islands The Grasse River flows north to the St. Lawrence River and divides into west and east channels as it flows around the islands. Stillman Foote built the first sawmill and gristmill on the west bank of the Grasse River in 1801-02. . . . Map (db m88707) HM
5New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Floods, Fires, and Pollution
Although today the land you are on may seem like a pleasant park, during most of the 19th century the island was not attractive and it wasn't always safe for the people who worked and did business here. Floods The spring floods, known as . . . Map (db m88735) HM
6New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Griffiths Arts Center
Eben and Bessie Griffiths were both proud Laurentians, and throughout their marriage cultivated an appreciation of the arts and art education. Eben Griffiths began his career as a journalist and later became an executive with Mobil Oil. His support . . . Map (db m184828) HM
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7New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Gunnison Chapel
Opened in 1926 to honor the 8th President in St. Lawrence's history, Dr. Almon Gunnison, whose 15 years at the helm from 1899-1914 resulted in tremendous growth for the college. The chapel's neo-gothic design by the noted architect Bertram Goodhue . . . Map (db m189482) HM
8New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Herring - Cole Hall
Herring - Cole Hall For its architectural and historic significance named to the National Register of Historic Places Department of Interior U.S.A. 1974 Herring 1869 - Cole 1902 Map (db m79048) HM
9New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Home of Silas Wright
Home of Silas Wright Statesman U.S. Senator 1833-43 Gov. of New York 1844-46Map (db m79072) HM
10New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — In Memoriam1861-1865
In Memoriam 1861-1965 CantonMap (db m78775) WM
11New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — In Memory of those Citizens from the Town of Canton
In Memory of those citizens from the own of Canton who gave their lives for their country World War I [14 names listed] World War II [30 names listed] [plaques on back] Dedicated to these men who gave their lived for . . . Map (db m79080) WM
12New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Logging and Lumbering
There had been a saw mill on or near Falls Island from the early 1800s. The James Spears Saw Planing and Shingle mill was located here in Falls Island in the 1800s. This view from the Canton Town Hall shows supplies of logs and lumber at the south . . . Map (db m88743) HM
13New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Richardson Hall
Richardson Hall For its architectural and historic significance named to the National Register of Historic Places Department of the Interior U.S.A. 1974 Erected 1856Map (db m79047) HM
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14New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Rushton Boat Shop
Canton, N.Y. home of Rushton Boat Shop 1873 - 1916 Famed for its craft and craftmanship • • • J. Henry Rushton 1843-1906 Founder - Proprietor - Guiding Genius Charter Member American Canoe Association - 1880 Builder of many renowned and . . . Map (db m88684) HM
15New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Silas Wright
. . . Map (db m79078) HM
16New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — St. Lawrence University
St. Lawrence University Chartered April 3, 1856 by the state legislature Richardson Hall cornerstone laid June 18, 1856Map (db m79045) HM
17New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Sykes Hall
For years, SLU Trustees and President Richard Eddy Sykes wanted to build a dormitory for men to compliment Dean Eaton Residence for women, opened in 1927. With funding commitments from long-time trustee Owen D. Young and philanthropist George F. . . . Map (db m183570) HM
18New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — The East Channel of the Grasse RiverThe East Channel Dam in Three Seasons - Spring, Late Summer, and Winter
"...There was a dam behind Dishaw's foundry. A prolonged dry spell would lower the Grasse River until it didn't spill over the dam, but the water would still run through a raceway and help create a pool in a basin among the rocks some distance below . . . Map (db m88755) HM
19New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — The Grist Mill
The grist mill shown here was originally known as the St. Lawrence Mill. It was a three-story brick building erected by Lucius Moody in 1859-60 and for many years it was owned by D.W. Sherwin. Canton Town and Village Historian If the . . . Map (db m88726) HM
20New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — The King Iron Bowstring Bridge
The King Iron Bowstring Bridge was designed by Zenas King and built in the 1870s. Before he founded the King Bridge Company in Cleveland, Ohio, Zenas King lived and worked in the Depeyster area of St. Lawrence County. One of a very few bowstring . . . Map (db m88691) HM
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21New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — The Natural Environment
Although the primary focus of Heritage Park is on Canton's 19th century industries, this island offers the opportunity to observe and reflect upon various areas of scientific study. Geology is one of the physical sciences that investigate the . . . Map (db m88732) HM
22New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — The Sash and Blind Factory
What looks like a small amphitheater from where you are now standing was the site of the H.H. Stickles Sash and Blind Factory. Here, water power was harnessed to run machines for planing, cutting, shaping, mortising, and finishing wood, and for . . . Map (db m88734) HM
23New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — The West Channel of the Grasse River
Directly across this west channel is the site where the Eagle Mill was built in 1842 by Henry Van Rensselaer. This grist mill was a four-story, 45 by 65 foot sandstone structure. Over the years it passed through many hands, and in the early 20th . . . Map (db m88725) HM
24New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — 819 — Town Hall
Built on this site 1878-1879. Second floor opera house hosted plays, graduations, lectures, civic and political events. Destroyed by fire 1962.Map (db m202527) HM
25New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Vilas Hall
Homer A. Vilas dedicated much of his life to the welfare of St. Lawrence University. Mr. Vilas graduated from SLU in 1913 and took an immediate interest in improving his alma matter. He joined the Board of trustees in 1929 and served as board . . . Map (db m189725) HM
26New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Village Park and Main Street
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27New York (St. Lawrence County), Canton — Water Street and the Third Dam
In the late 1800s Nathaniel and Barzillai Hodskin operated a pocket furnace, foundry and machine shop on Water Street. SLCHA [St. Lawrence County Historical Association] The industries on Falls Island and along Water Street did not operate . . . Map (db m88757) HM
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Oct. 4, 2022