Goderich, Ontario, Canada: Lonely Tomb in Never Built Town

Isolated grave of William "Tiger" Dunlop. He had planned to build a town on the spot, but didn't. All that's there is a tiny family graveyard, dominated by Dunlop's tomb.

81501 River Ridge Crescent, Goderich, ON, Canada
Follow Hwy 21 north of Goderich. After crossing the Maitland River, turn west onto Airport Rd (Follow signs for Dunlop's Tomb). After about a quarter-mile, turn south onto River Ridge Crescent and park at the end of the dead-end road. Get on the foot path and head east. After a 3-4 minute walk, the tomb will be ahead on the right.
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Dunlop Tomb.

Ontario's Loneliest Cemetery

There is a small cemetery in the middle of nowhere, just north of Goderich. It is the burial plot of the founder of Goderich, Dr. William "Tiger" Dunlop. He was born in 1792 and earned his nickname while living in India. He was an army surgeon during the War of 1812 and was very active in politics after the war. His burial plot is located on a large tract of land on a bluff overlooking the Maitland River just north of Goderich. This was where he had plans to build a new town named Gairbraid, named after a town near Glasgow, Scotland.

The town was never built, and after Tiger's death in 1848 he was buried there. He shares the graveyard with his wife, some of his wife's family, and his brother Robert Graham Dunlop, but only Tiger and Robert are listed on the lone grave marker. Even though he is a local icon, the cemetery is rather isolated and not visited very often.

[signmanjoe, 06/30/2014]

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