Ontario Place Names (Soft cover)
by David E. Scott « View this author's BIO
5TH Edition Revised
The town was also known as Chatham Mills, Chatham Village and Chatham West before being named Chatham in 1850. It was Chatham native Clarke Wallace Floody who surveyed, designed and engineered the famous tunnel used by Allied Soldiers to escape from the German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft 3. If you've seen the movie, The Great Escape, you'll recall the tunnel was 336 feet long and 30 feet deep. Floody acquired his tunneling knowledge as a miner in Kirkland Lake. He didn't get to use the tunnel because he was moved to another prison camp before the Great Escape took place.
This completely revised and updated edition of Ontario Place Names contains 30% more listings, including all places with offbeat and unusual names, regardless of population. It is the only book of its kind to include all the offbeat, bizarre and humourous incidents of the communities' history and explains the origin of the communities' names, gives current populations and locations, all historical events and tells about interesting people from explorers to sports stars, from actors and inventors to wily entrepreneurs.
Ontario Place Names makes a great gift and is a wonderful companion for young and old on a car trip.