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A cash crop dream
pursued by two American entrepreneurs transformed vast dust bowl expanses of
Norfolk County into fields of green gold early in the 20th century.
Their 25-acre, four-kiln venture was an immediate success, attracting a good price and
triggering an influx of growers throughout the western two-thirds of Norfolk as well as
neighbouring Elgin, Oxford and Brant counties. In the ensuing decades, fortunes were made,
local economies revitalized and government tax coffers enriched while southern Ontario's
tobacco industry achieved world-class status.
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