The faces and people behind the street names in Mississauga

Published March 25, 2023 at 6:40 pm


Rarely do we stop to think about the names of Mississauga’s roads, streets, and highways, many of which carry the names of significant people or families who helped shape the city’s history.

Road names offer us a chance to ponder our collective history — when were they named, and why in that particular moment were these names chosen?

Here are some of Mississauga’s most known roadways and who exactly they were named after.

Adamson Street, Erindale – General Sir Peter Adamson

Cawthra Road – Grace and Harry Cawthra-Elliot

Cotton Drive, Port Credit – Robert Cotton

Dixie Road – Dr Beaumont Wilson Bowen Dixie

Dundas Street – Lord Henry Dundas, Viscount Melville, British Secretary of War

Peter Street, Port Credit – Reverend Peter Jones, Kahkewaquonaby

QEW – Queen Elizabeth – the Queen Mother

Rutledge Road, Streetsville – John Rutledge

Tomken Road – Colonel Thomas Laird Kennedy

Truscott Drive, Park Royal – Lord Mayor of London, England, Sir Dennis Truscott

All images are courtesy of Heritage Mississauga

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