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The Rosseau-Nipissing Road
Photo by contributor Jamie Toeppner - Posted November, 2005
Photo by contributor Albert Joseph - Posted August, 2011
The District of Parry Sound
The Municipality of Magnetawan
On Sparks Street, below the southwest corner
of the bridge over the river
Coordinates: N 45 39.810 W 79 38.606
Designed to encourage settlement in what is now the Parry Sound District, the Rosseau-Nipissing Road was authorized by the government in 1864. A survey was completed the following year by J.S. Dennis, provincial land surveyor, and construction began in 1866. Commencing about 1.6 km northwest of Rousseau (now Rosseau), it ran 108 km northward to the South River, where at its terminus the village of Nipissing came into being. By 1873 the road was open for winter traffic, and two years later was considered negotiable by wheeled vehicles. Although it lost its importance after the railway between Gravenhurst and Callander was built in 1886, most of this pioneer road is still used by local traffic.
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