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Town of Lindsay, Victoria County, Ontario Canada

The present town of Lindsay is built on both sides of the Scugog River about half way between its source in Scugog Lake and its debouchure into Sturgeon Lake. Beneath the townsite lies an ancient preglacial rock valley carved out of the limestone of the Trenton era. The mantle of sand and clay which the glacial epoch cast across the valley is thickest just at Lindsay, and the river has therefore, in this vicinity, steep banks, where the channel has been cut down through these morainic deposits. In conjunction with these steep banks, there was originally a series of gentle rapids extending down most of the westward bend of the Scugog which lies in the heart of the town. The total fall was about three feet. A Mississaga camp site was located near by, known as "Onigahning," (i.e., "The Portage.")

In 1821, a paper township of Ops was attached to the Newcastle District by the Assembly of Upper Canada. In 1824-25, Colonel Duncan McDonnell, of Greenfield, Glengarry county, assisted by Patrick Lee and Daniel Shanahan, surveyed the township. Lots 20 and 21, Concession V, were reserved as a townsite.

Town on Lindsay

Early Settlers

The Millers of the Scugog

The Survey of the Townsite

Purdy's Mills in the Thirties

A Period of Invasions

From Village to Town

Municipal Officials

Scourge of Fire

Further Threats of Fire

Primitive Conditions of Life

Growth in Civic Stature

Summary of Industrial Development

Engaged in Lumbering

Miscellaneous Industries

Commercial Lindsay

Family Business

The Banks of Lindsay

Delayed Civic Improvements

Lindsay's Lighting System

Search for a Water Supply

Sewage System Long Delayed

Summary of Public Utilities

The Streets of Lindsay

Shelter for the Aged

Mail and Music

A Few Municipal Statistics

The Record of the Press

Half Century of Sport


Victoria County, Ontario Canada Centennial History, Watson Kirkconnell M.A., 1921

Victoria County

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