The Founding of Almonte

The Founding of Almonte (HM1YOI)

Location: Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A 1A0 Lanark County
Country: Canada
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N 45° 13.582', W 76° 11.645'

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The sawmill and grist-mill completed here on the Mississippi River in 1823 by Daniel Shipman provided the nucleus around which a community known as Shipman's Mills had developed by 1824. About 1850 two town plots were laid out here - "Victoria" by Edward Mitcheson and "Ramsayville" by Daniel Shipman. They were combined in 1853 as "Waterford", which in 1855 was renamed "Almonte", probably after Juan N. Almonte, a famous Mexican general and diplomat. The opening of several woollen mills and the completion of a railway by Brockville fostered the growth of Almonte, which by 1870 was one of Ontario's leading woollen cloth manufacturing centres. Incorporated as a village in 1871, with a population of about 2000, Almonte was proclaimed a town in 1880.
Placed ByArchaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario
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Date Added Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 406259 N 5008790
Decimal Degrees45.22636667, -76.19408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 13.582', W 76° 11.645'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 13' 34.92" N, 76° 11' 38.7" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Riverwalk, Mississippi Mills Ontario K0A 1A0, CA
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