By Ralph Magel
The Yonge road as conceived through Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe is widely known, from its starting as a primary Nation's path, to the Yonge road we all know this present day, extending from Toronto to Innisfil. Augustus Jones, the surveyor assigned through Simcoe, the French, the German pioneers, the Loyalists -- all have been to steer the construction of Yonge road. With the construction of a course got here tolls, hotels, villages, extra immigrants and finally an street of economic climate serving because the key transportation direction for the folk, items and prone that characterize our province.< p>
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The village s crest was saved and may be seen on the front of the fire hall on Yorkville Avenue, but the Town Hall was lost to fire in 1945. The architect s drawings show the Town Hall, Flemish in character, with several rose windows of stained glass. Until the 1970s,Yorkville had fine examples of every type of 19th-century architecture, from log cabins and frame cottages and farmhouses to the fine buildings of the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Yorkville even had Canada's first Jewish General Hospital to which Mount Sinai on University Avenue is the successor.
T U R N I N G L O O P F O R L A M B T O N E L E C T R I C S T R E E T RAILWAY ( L E F T ) In conjunction with the mill dam at Lambton, Howland established a hydro-electric station in the 1880s which powered the street railway that travelled between Lambton Mills and West Toronto Junction, there linking with what became the TTC, Dundas line, to Yonge Street. The hydro station also provided Lambton Mills with electric lighting before the turn of the century. 44 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET ROWLAND GRIST M I L L ( R I G H T ) c.
A team and wagon at Tollgate #3, the LangstaffTollgate, located once where Yonge Street and today's Highway No. 7 intersect. The tollgates were let by auction annually. Travelling down Yonge was the most convenient way to reach the York Farmers' Market (St. Lawrence Market). At first, the profits which the gatekeeper could keep were considerable, then costs mounted. It was in 1845 when this tollgate was let to Leonard Klinck. 54 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 2OO YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY The Elgin Mills Hotel on Yonge Street looking north from Elgin Mills Road, in the 1920's.
200 Years Yonge: A History by Ralph Magel