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History of Wawa, Ontario

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(To be incorporated into a space page) The Michipicoten area has a long and rich history filled with times of prosperity and hardship that were influenced by the natural resources abundant in the area. Wawa was surveyed and plotted into a town site in 1899 and was registered with the land office in Sault Ste. Marie as Wawa City. Wawa is an Ojibway word which is believed to mean “wild goose”. The name was changed briefly in the 1950s by railways and the post office was named Jamestown after Sir James DUNN. However, the local usage did not change and the name Wawa was restored in 1960. 2007 Michipicoten township changed it's name to Municipality of Wawa. Wawa is the population centre for the Municipality of Wawa (from 1952-2007 called the Township of Michipicoten).

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