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Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada - Church of Our Lady of the Assumption 350 Huron Church Rd., Windsor, ONTARIO Jesuit mission 1728 Parish established 1767 Source: Google maps

Windsor, city, seat of Essex county, southern Ontario, Canada. Windsor is situated on the left (south) bank of the Detroit River, opposite Detroit, Michigan. Settled by French farmers shortly after 1701, when a fort was established at Detroit, the city was known as "the Ferry" and later as Richmond before it was renamed in 1836 for Windsor (New Windsor), England.

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Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
350 Huron Church Rd., Windsor, ONTARIO
Jesuit mission 1728
Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada

Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
350 Huron Church Rd., Windsor, ONTARIO
Jesuit mission 1728
Parish established 1767
Source: Google maps
Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada

Michigan Central Tunnel, Windsor, Ont., Canada
Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada

Michigan Central Tunnel, Windsor, Ont., Canada
Norton Palmer Hotel, Windsor, Ont.
Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada

Norton Palmer Hotel, Windsor, Ont.
Walker Airport, Near Windsor, Ont., Canada.
Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada

Walker Airport, Near Windsor, Ont., Canada.

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1767 - Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption established in Windsor
1855 - The Great Western Railway links Windsor with Hamilton and Toronto. wiki/ Timeline_of_Ontario_history
1865 - Church of St. Alphonsus established at Windsor
1869 - Windsor
Windsor. - The largest and most important Town in the County of Essex, is pleasantly situated on the Detroit River, in the Township of Sandwich, opposite Detroit, 46 miles from Chatham, and 110 from London. The Town is built on a high bank from 30 to 40 feet above the river, rendering the situation healthy and desirable as a place of residence. The town was laid out in 1834, and in 1846 contained a population of 300, which increased in 1861 to 2,500, at present it may he estimated at about 5,000. Windsor enjoys excellent facilities for manufacture and commerce, being the western terminus of the Great Western Railway, and also having the benefit of summer navigation to all points. Money Order Office and Savings Bank.
The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data Henry McEvoy January 1, 1869 Robertson & Cook
WINDSOR, an incorporated town and port of entry of Ontario, co. of Essex, on the Detroit river, opposite Detroit, and at the W. terminus of the G. W. R., 110 miles from London, 223 miles from Toronto. It contains churches of 4 denominations, 2 branch banks, a high school, a convent, agencies of 2 telegraph and several assurance and insurance companies, 2 printing offices issuing daily and weekly newspapers, breweries and distilleries, and manufactories of tobacco, brooms, leather, wooden ware, wine, soap and candles, hoots and shoes, carriages, &c.; also several hotels and a number of stores. A tunnel under the. River Detroit is in course of construction, between Windsor and Detroit, for the Great Western Railway. Total value of imports for 1872, $674,887; exports $371,857. Pop. 4,253.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
Windsor, a city and port of entry of Essex co., Ontario, on the Detroit River, opposite Detroit, and on the Grand Trunk, the Canadian Pacific and other railroads. It is in a fruit region and has salt-industries and manufactures of chemicals, silver-ware, etc. May merchants in Detroit reside here. Pop. in 1890, 10,929; in 1900, 12,153.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1916 - Church of the Holy Trinity established at Windsor
1925 - Chrysler of Canada is founded in Windsor, Ontario and the Plymouth Q-Four is the first Plymouth automobile manufactured in Canada. eng/ frise_chronologique-timeline/ 1920/
1928 - Church of St. Anthony of Padua and Church of St. Theresa both established at Windsor
1929 - Church of the Most Precious Blood established at Windsor
1937 - Church of the Blessed Sacrament established at Windsor
1949 - Church of St. Michael established at Windsor
Windsor, Ont. - AP - Six persons were reported killed and at least 50 injured in an explosion that collapsed a department store in downtown Windsor today.

One rescuer said, "There's lots of bodies in there. There were lots taken out already."

The building blown down was that of the Metropolitan stores.

Among the injured was JOSEPH HALFORD, 31, manager of the store. He said a gas furnace was being installed in the store when it suddenly blew up.

Autos Are Crushed.
Small fires started throughout the building. High tension wires snapped and fell crackling onto the debris.

About a half dozen cars were crushed by tons of brick.

Women began screaming "Fire, fire!" when they saw the sparks and flames start in the rubble.

"It is unbelievable - fantastic," said one observer.

Windsor is across the Detroit River from Detroit.
The Modesto Bee and News-Herald
Modesto, California
October 25, 1960
Windsor, Ont, incorporated as a city in 1892, population 210 891 (2011c), 216 473 (2006c). The City of Windsor is Canada's southernmost city and is located on the DETROIT RIVER in the extreme southwest corner of the province. Lying directly south of Detroit on the rich agricultural peninsula nestled between Lakes ERIE and ST CLAIR, Windsor is an international gateway through which millions of foreign visitors enter the country each year.

Windsor has grown from the coalescing of a chain of separate communities along the Detroit River and Lake St Clair and from spreading inland to the south, and today its Census Metropolitan Area includes the towns of Tecumseh, Essex and LAKESHORE; the village of St Clair Beach; and the townships of Sandwich West and South Maidstone, Rochester and Colchester North.

The area was visited by Jesuit missionaries and French explorers in the 17th century, and permanent settlement followed Cadillac's founding of Detroit. The first land grants ... Read MORE...

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2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in the area:
Visit Windsor's Riverfront: Take a stroll along the beautiful Riverfront Trail, enjoy the scenic views of the Detroit River, and check out the Peace Fountain.

Explore Point Pelee National Park: Known for its biodiversity, Point Pelee is a haven for nature lovers. Don't miss the iconic Point Pelee Pavilion and the boardwalk.

Windsor Sculpture Park: This outdoor gallery features over 30 large-scale contemporary sculptures along the waterfront. It's a unique blend of art and nature.

Pelee Island Winery: Take a wine tour and tasting at one of the region's renowned wineries. Enjoy local wines and learn about the winemaking process.

Sandpoint Beach: For a relaxing day by the water, head to Sandpoint Beach. It's a great spot for picnics, swimming, and enjoying the sun.

Canadian Club Brand Center: Explore the history of Canadian Club Whisky at Hiram Walker & Sons Distillery. Take a guided tour to learn about the whisky-making process and the city's prohibition-era smuggling... Read MORE...

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