Two #19thCentury maps showing the #RideauCanal with Dow’s Great Swamp (in the first map from #1827, with the #OttawaRiver to the north on the left side of the map) and #DowsLake (in the #1844 map, with the Ottawa on the right side). The #RideauRiver goes from top left to lower right in the first map, and from the lower right to the left on the second. The first #map is from #LibraryAndArchivesCanada. Where #DowsGreatSwamp reach the Ottawa River is now roughly the area around #PrestonStreet stretching to the #LebretonFlats.
“The Township of Nepean [now part of Ottawa] was surveyed between 1792 and 1794. The survey divided the Township initially known as Township D into 200 acre rural lots of 1-1/4 by ¼ miles, including lots K and I portions of which would eventually form part of the present day #LansdownePark. In 1798 Nepean Township became part of the newly created Carleton County. By 1812 lot I was owned by Richard Duncan Fraser and lot K was still unassigned. By 1815 the first road had been extended from the #ChaudiereFalls to the Billings Estate. “In the autumn of 1827 the route of the proposed Rideau Canal was cleared from the Ottawa River to Hogs Back Falls. The alignment of the Rideau Canal in lots H, I, and K followed Browns Creek [now Brown’s Inlet, two ponds] which fed into
Patterson’s Creek then to the Rideau River. In May 1832 the Rideau Canal was opened to traffic and ordnance lands established adjacent to the canal.”
“Sketch of Bytown and of the Rideau Canal from Hog’s Back to the Ottawa River in 1844.
Unknown Artist,"Sketch of Bytown and of the Rideau Canal from the Hogs Back to the Ottawa River", The National Archives of the UK, MPH 1/ 918 / 19. “
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