Atwood, Ontario

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Atwood
Village
Coordinates: 43°40′6″N 81°1′7″W / 43.66833°N 81.01861°W / 43.66833; -81.01861Coordinates: 43°40′6″N 81°1′7″W / 43.66833°N 81.01861°W / 43.66833; -81.01861
Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Perth
Township North Perth
Government
 • Type Municipality of North Perth
Elevation 368 m (1,207 ft)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 519

Atwood is a small town located in Perth County, Ontario, Canada. Nearby centres include Listowel and Elmira. Atwood is located on Highway 23 between Perth Line 75 (formerly 8th Concession) and Perth Line 72.

The population is between 500 and 1000 inhabitants.

There are 3 churches in Atwood, including the Atwood Presbyterian Church, as well as the Elma Township Cemetery. All are located along Line 75.

The Atwood/Coghlin Airport is located here.

History[edit]

The settlement dates back to 1854. In 1877, the railway arrived. Prior to 1881, the town was known as "Elma Centre" and "Newry Station".[1]

A Campbell Soup Company factory was the town's main employer until it closed in 2008.

In 2011, Kenneth Rea, a volunteer firefighter from Atwood, was killed battling a fire in Listowel when the roof of the building collapsed.[2]

Notable people[edit]

  • John G. Inglis, electrical engineer and transit manager.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontario Locator". Sherri Pettit. 
  2. ^ Pedro, Kelly (March 11, 2011). "Two Firefighters Die in Ontario Blaze". Calgary Sun.