The Nipissing Road began as a colonization road for settlers in the 1800′s and early 1900′s. It is now part of the Trans-Canada Trail. This road, 120 kilometres in length, connects the town of Rosseau on Highway 141 to Nipissing on Highway 534. It is best described as a road of broken dreams. Abandoned settler’s cabins and graveyards tell the stories of hardships faced by those who settled the land. The Canadian government granted free land to those who would clear the land and build permanent homes. However, the fertile soils of the Canadian prairies beckoned and the Nipissing Road was destined to fail as a colonization road. Nothing illustrates the hardships faced by these settlers more than the tombstone marking the graves of James and Janey Morden’s six children that died, possibly due to diphtheria, between the 14th and 19th of January in the year 1902. No more than twenty paces from the Morden tombstone is another grave that marks the Ashton’s four children that died in January and February of the same year. A sad reminder of the hardships faced by those who settled the land.