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The Dominion Hotel in Zurich
In 1869, John Prang, a 38-year-old German immigrant, was the proprietor of Zurich’s Victoria Hotel when he decided to build something more substantial to accommodate the travelling trades. When Prang’s new brick hotel and public house on the southeast corner of the Goschen Line and Main street opened in February 1870 under the name the Huron Hotel, it was advertised as having been “fitted up with every convenience for the travelling public” with ‘good stabling and prompt attendance.”
The Spirit of Enterprise’: The Hensall Heritage Town Hall
Named after their native village in Yorkshire, England, Hensall was founded in 1851 by brothers George and James Petty brothers. After the London, Bruce and Huron Railway passed through in 1877, the village began to thrive as the area’s economic hub.
The sidewheeler Ploughboy and the Age of Steam in Huron
Two years before the Grand Trunk Railway came to Goderich in June 1858, the Age of Steam arrived with the advent of the steamer Ploughboy. She was not the first steamer in Goderich but, starting in 1856, she was the first to make the port a regular stop on her route between Detroit and Southampton. The Ploughboy was one of the most storied steamers to ever ply Lake Huron’s water.
Three Huron men fought in the Spanish American War
The Spanish American War of 1898 was one of the shortest and most decisive conflicts in American history. In less than four months (April to August) it destroyed the 350-year-old Spanish Empire and ushered the United States onto the world stage as a global superpower. At least three Huron County men fought for America on land and sea for Cuban liberty from Spanish domination.
The Excelsior Knitting Company of Brussels
The Excelsior Knitting Company was not only one of the largest employers in Brussels, it was also unique because its labour force was mostly female. For over 30 years, the Brussels knitting factory provided women with a means to earn a living outside of the home.
The Isaac M Scott and ‘the Port of Missing Men’
When the Isaac M Scott was launched from the American Shipbuilding Company’s yards in Lorain, Ohio on June 12, 1909, the Toledo Blade called her “the handsomest of the large freighters on the Great Lakes.” At 524 feet in length and 54 feet abeam, the straight decker with the powerful triple expansion steam engine, the Scott was the pride of the Virginia Steamship Company’s fleet. Yet, the Scott was an unlucky ship destined for a tragic fate on Sunday, Nov. 9, 1913.
Dr. William Gunn: Huron County's “Dean” of Medicine
In his lifetime, Dr. William Gunn was lauded as a pioneer surgeon who saved countless Huron County lives. His dedication to mastering his surgical skills was matched only by his concern for the well-being of all who came under his care. Undoubtedly, Dr. Gunn deserves a place as one of the county’s great humanitarians whose legacy is all but forgotten today.
The Shooting of the 'Indian' William Kesick
‘Deplorable’ and a ‘terrible affair’ is how the Huron Signal described the shooting death of the ‘Indian’ William Kesick on May 13,1866. The shooting was especially dreadful considering that the fishing party of three Ojibwe natives and five local men spent the afternoon without quarrel at Hawkins’ Tavern in Port Albert. Yet, how did a friendly fishing excursion end in murder of an Ojibwe man and did race play a factor in Kesick’s violent demise?
Clinton’s Kildonan House an architectural jewel
Exuding Victorian charm and stately elegance, Kildonan House proudly stands on the southwest corner of Kirk and High streets. At 150 years of age, Kildonan House was the residence of some of Clinton’s most prominent families. Not only is Kildonan House an architectural jewel in the heart of Huron, but it is one of the county’s most storied estates.