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Wednesday February 17th, 2016

Posted at 11:25am

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The Town of LaSalle tunes 25 this year.

On June 1st. 1991, residents of the Township of Sandwich West opted to define themselves as a town and incorporated as the Town of LaSalle. Immediately, LaSalle became one of the larger communities of Essex County with a population of almost 30,000.

Named after the French explorer, Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle who sailed “Le Griffon” down the Detroit River in 1679, French settlers first established roots in the area in the mid 1700’s. A mission was established in the Town of Sandwich, resulting in people settling in the Turkey Creek area. LaSalle’s history and that of Essex County were very much entwined when they were officially identified as part of Upper Canada in 1792.

The town has plenty of events planned to mark the occasion, and details will be announced in the weeks and months ahead.

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