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Saturday, July 13, 2024
NOTL stumps contestants on Jeopardy!

Kathryn Hinchley

Special to The Lake Report

In case you missed it, Niagara-on-the-Lake was given the auspicious honour last week of being the correct question to an answer on Jeopardy!

It was the $1,200 Double Jeopardy! question on the Thursday, April 2, show in the category of “Old Names on the Map.”

Likely much to the chagrin of the show's Canadian-born host, Alex Trebek, none of the contestants were able to come up with the correct question.  

Historically there have been several reported name changes to our area (including Butlersburg, West Niagara) as the settlement evolved over time. 

But it was Lt.-Gov. John Graves Simcoe who is credited with calling the town Newark in the late 18th century and it became the first capital of Upper Canada.  Newark was later renamed Niagara and ultimately Niagara-on-the-Lake, to assist in distinguishing from Niagara Falls for postal address reasons.

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