Modern Mississauga presents Way Back Wednesdays - The history of some Mississauga street names

Modern Mississauga and Heritage Mississauga have come together to present an ongoing series called “Way Back Wednesdays."
We’ll share information about the history of Mississauga here and answer your questions.
Today’s topic is the history of some Mississauga street names.

What’s in a name?
Many streets and roads around Mississauga carry names that reflect people and places from our past. We drive by (or on) these routes, often without knowing about their name origins.

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One such road is “Palstan Road”, which intersects with Dundas Street East, just east of Tomken Road. “Palstan” is named after two significant early families – namely the Pallett and Stanfield families.

Colonel Thomas Laird (T.L.) Kennedy.

Colonel Thomas Laird (T.L.) Kennedy.

Other road names in the immediate area also carry strong historical connections: Stanfield Road is also named for the Stanfield family; Arena Road is named for the famed Dixie Arena Gardens which once stood here; Tomken Road is, of course, named for Colonel Thomas Laird (T.L.) Kennedy.

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McCarthy Court is named for the McCarthy family who were also early Dixie-area settlers who had a significant impact on the early community and were, like the Palletts and Stanfields, connected to the development of Dixie Arena Gardens.

If you’ve got a question about the history of our city, we want to hear from you.
Please send your questions to with “Way Back Wednesday” in the subject line.

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