Thomas Curtis Clarke 1827-1901

"The world of today differs from that of Napoleon Bonaparte more than his world differed from that of Julius Caesar; and this change has chiefly been made by engineering." These were the words of civil engineer Thomas Clarke, a New Englander who came to Port Hope in 1853 to work for the local railway. He married and raised a family here and, in the 1860s, was a partner in a Port Hope firm that constructed the East and West Blocks of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Clarke then moved to the United States where he pioneered the modern iron viaduct and built massive railway bridges that brought him international acclaim. Clarke is buried in St John's Cemetery, Port Hope.


At Lent's Lane behind the Chamber of Commerce, Port Hope

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Northumberland

Municipality: Municipality of Port Hope