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IN THE BEGINNING…
By the late 1800’s, Grand Bend was well on its way to becoming a summer resort. One of the men who realized the potential of the area was Clayton McPherson Walker, who purchased a small tract of land fronting on Lake Huron, mostly sand dunes and scrub oak, from Joseph Ravelle in the summer of 1917. He soon purchased several more parcels of land adjacent to the shoreline from the Canada Company, as well as a farm on the east side of Highway 21, eventually owning 200 acres and 3/4 of a mile of lake frontage. Walker dreamed of a resort with a cluster of cottages nestled in the oaks, fanned by the breezes of Lake Huron. But his property, being useless in agricultural terms, made the locals dub the transactions as “Walker’s folly.”
(courtesy of Lynda Hillman-Rapley)
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