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Bancroft is a town located on the York River in Hastings County in the Canadian province of Ontario.HistoryIn 1853 the first pioneer family settled in the area, and over the next 15 years the settlement grew quickly, as another 88 families followed. The first families were United Empire Loyalists, and followed later by Irish settlers, who were attracted to the area by the offer of free 100acre parcels. Originally called York Mills, it was later renamed to York Branch, The Branch, York River in 1861 (when it got its own post office named York River on May 1 ), and finally to Bancroft on 15 October 1879 by Senator Billa Flint, after the maiden name of his wife.The place was first incorporated as a village in December 1904. In 1999, the Village of Bancroft merged with Dungannon Township to form the Town of Bancroft.The town was once a centre for logging, trapping, and mining. Uranium mining created a boom in the 1950s and 60s, but the closing of the Madawaska Mine in 1982 caused some economic hardship.DemographicsPopulation trend: Population in 2011: 3880 Population in 2006: 3838 Population in 2001: 4089 Population in 1996: Bancroft : 2554 Dungannon : 1526 Bancroft : 2383 Dungannon : 1412 Mother tongue: English as first language: 96.4% French as first language: 0.8% English and French as first language: 0.3% Other as first language: 2.5%
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