Weber Street

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Weber Street /ˈwbər/, or Waterloo Regional Road 8, is a major roadway in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The street is likely named after one of the Germans from Pennsylvania who migrated to the region (Stroh 1930, Stroh 1931, Uttley 1975, p. 10, Waterloo Region Generations, Henry Weber, David Weber). It is the only major street in Kitchener Waterloo with a Germanic name or named for German settlers in the region; most street names are in English.

Weber Street southern terminus is at the southern stub of King Street in Kitchener, and its northern terminus is at its intersection with King Street at the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market south of St. Jacobs.

Weber weaves through residential and commercial areas of Waterloo and Kitchener and is agricultural at the northern terminus.

The road is broken up into four parts due to the geographical direction of the road:

Kitchener

  • Weber Street East - Florence Avenue to Queen Street North
  • Weber Street West - Queen Street North to the Kitchener-Waterloo Boundary near Raitar Avenue

Waterloo

  • Weber Street South - Kitchener-Waterloo Boundary near Raitar Avenue to Erb Street East
  • Weber Street North - Erb Street East to King Street North south of St. Jacobs, Ontario

Weber Street interests with a number of east-west thoroughfares:

  • Conestoga Parkway
  • Ottawa Street
  • Frederick Street
  • Victoria Street
  • Erb Street
  • Bridgeport Road
  • University Avenue
  • Columbia Street
  • King Street
  • Northfield Drive

Places of Interest[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Waterloo Region Generations". 
  • Uttley, William Velores (Ben) (1975-10-01). A History of Kitchener, Ontario (reprint of the original The Chronicle Press, Waterloo, 1937 ed.). Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press. ISBN 9780889200241. In the fall of 1805, the owners of the 448-acre lots on which the city stands were: [..] Henry Weaver, Lot 16 [..] From their ancient home, probably in 1806, his young son Abraham set forth on horseback for Upper Canada to select a farmsite from his father's purchases [p.10] Benjamin Eby was of the leader type. [..] He sold his son-in-law, David Weber, 219 acres at the upper part of his big lot. [pp. 21-22] A site on the southwest corner of Weber and Young Streets was purchased in 1854, from David Weber for $200. [p.108] 
  • Stroh, Jacob (1930). "Reminiscences of Berlin (now Kitchener) - Part I" (PDF). Waterloo Historical Society. Eighteenth Annual Report: 175–207. After the railway was built David Weber moved to Weber Street, named after him, to a location opposite the present Zion Church. 
  • Stroh, Jacob (1931). "Reminiscences of Berlin (now Kitchener) - Part II" (PDF). Waterloo Historical Society. Nineteenth Annual Report: 282. Weber Street was named after David Weber, as stated.