Fonds 77-1017 - Diary and report of the Bell's Line Survey / by Robert Bell

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Diary and report of the Bell's Line Survey / by Robert Bell

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  • August 1847-September 1848 (typescripts created before 1977) (Creation)
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    Robert Bell

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Robert Bell was a Provincial Land Surveyor working in Canada West during the late 1840's. He was responsible for the survey of Bell's Line, a road which was never constructed, which was to have run westward through the northern portions of Peterborough and Hastings Counties, from the Madawaska River to Bracebridge. The Peterson Road, which was surveyed and constructed a few years later, eight miles south of and parallel to the Bell's Line survey, was considered to be a more suitable route for east-west travel in the region. It is thought that Bell was born in Ireland in 1821 and that he later emigrated with his parents to New York. In 1843, Bell obtained land in Kemptville, Canada West, and worked in and around Bytown (Ottawa) for three years. In 1847, he was instructed to begin the Bell's Line survey. Upon the completion of the survey in September 1848, Bell retired from surveying; and the following year, he purchased an Ottawa newspaper which was to become the Ottawa Citizen. He died in 1873 at the age of 52.

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The typescripts belonged to the Honourable Leslie M. Frost.

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The fonds consists of typescripts of the field diary and report of the survey of Bell's Line by Robert Bell, August 1847-September 1848.

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The fonds was bequeathed to Trent University Archives by the Honourable Leslie M. Frost.

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For related records see: 77-024

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