Cowansville facts for kids
Quick facts for kids
Nesbitt House, Cowansville
Fortitudo et decor
Location within Brome-Missisquoi RCM
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|Constituted||January 1, 1876|
|• City||48.70 km2 (18.80 sq mi)|
|• Land||46.87 km2 (18.10 sq mi)|
|• Urban||16.35 km2 (6.31 sq mi)|
|• Metro||46.87 km2 (18.10 sq mi)|
|• Density||325/km2 (840/sq mi)|
|• Urban density||815.3/km2 (2,112/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||325/km2 (840/sq mi)|
|• Pop 2016-2021||11.6%|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||450 and 579|
|Highways|| Route 104
Cowansville is a town in south-central Quebec, Canada, located on Lac Davignon 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the U.S. border. It is the seat of Brome-Missisquoi, a regional county municipality. The population as of the Canada 2021 Census was 15,234.
In recent years, Cowansville has seen its commercial activity blossom mainly due to its proximity to a major freeway, Autoroute 10, and the Eastern Townships ski resort region.
History and name
Jacob Ruiter was the first person to settle on the current site of Cowansville. In 1800 he built a flour mill, and then a saw mill. In 1805, Ruiter named the small town as Nelsonville, in honour of British admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson, who was killed in the naval Battle of Trafalgar.
The city's current name is due to Peter Cowan, a merchant from Montreal who settled in the area in 1836 and become postmaster in 1841. In order to avoid the mail being sent inadvertently to another city named Nelsonville, close to Hamilton in Upper Canada, he decided to change its name.
During the 1870s, the construction of the South Eastern Railway linking Montreal to Cowansville and the opening of the first bank, the Eastern Townships Bank, contributed to the expansion of the small city, which allows many businesses settle in the area. The municipality detached from the district of Dunham, and incorporated on the January 1, 1876 and officially was named Cowansville. In February of the same year James O'Halloran was acclaimed as Mayor by the town council. Cowansville saw a strong industrial growth during the 20th century, and became a city on June 25, 1931, and has grown since World War II by various annexations, such as Sweetsburg in 1964.
The municipality has a current population of over 12,000. The main economy is based on the industrial sector, in particular textiles. There is also a hospital, Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins, a municipal court, a federal penitentiary, and a Nature Centre close to Davignon Lake.
Cowansville is the seat of the judicial district of Bedford.
|Canada census – Cowansville, Quebec community profile|
|Population:||12,489 (+2.5% from 2006)||12,182 (+1.2% from 2001)|
|Land area:||46.09 km2 (17.80 sq mi)||46.09 km2 (17.80 sq mi)|
|Population density:||271.0/km2 (702/sq mi)||264.3/km2 (685/sq mi)|
|Median age:||45.5 (M: 43.2, F: 47.5)||43.7 (M: 41.8, F: 45.8)|
|Total private dwellings:||5,789||5,461|
|Median household income:||$43,252||$41,010|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
|Historical Census Data - Cowansville, Quebec|
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- George Harold Baker (1877-1916), was a lawyer, political figure, soldier and Member in the Canadian House of Commons, as a Conservative Member of Parliament
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