Who are the people behind Mississauga’s street names?

Published June 4, 2015 at 2:59 am

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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. To learn more about the individuals depicted here, or other honoured names from our remarkable past, please contact Heritage Mississauga.


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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