55 Mill St.
Ontario Tourism Region : Ontario's Highlands
- Pop. 4,611. In Ramsay T., Lanark C., on C. Rds. 16,29 & 49 and the Mississippi R., 56 km. SW of Ottawa.
- Settled in 1819 by David Shepherd and first known as Shepherd's Falls. In 1821 Daniel Shipman built a sawmill and the following year a grist mill. For a time, the place was called Shipman's Mills.
- Later, it was variously called Shipman's Falls, Ramsay, Ramsay Village, Victoria, Victoriaville, Watford, and Waterford.
- In 1852 the post office was named Almonte to honour Juan N. Almonte, Mexican ambassador to the United States.
- In 1930 Robert Tait McKenzie, (1867-1938) a surgeon, physical educator, and noted sculptor who designed many war memorials in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, opened a studio here in an old mill that he renamed after his ancestral home.
- The Mill of Kintail is now a museun. An historic plaque marks the childhood home (4.5 km. NW of Almonte) of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.
- Dr. Naismith (1861-1939) creatively combined the professions of physical educator and medical doctor.
- In 1891, responding to demand for an indoor team sport to occupy students during winter months, he devised the game of basketball, using a soccer ball and two half-bushel peach baskets.
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