200 Years Yonge: A History by Ralph Magel

By Ralph Magel

The Yonge highway as conceived by means of Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe is well 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 by way of Simcoe, the French, the German pioneers, the Loyalists -- all have been to persuade the construction of Yonge road. With the construction of a path got here tolls, resorts, villages, extra immigrants and finally an street of economic climate serving because the key transportation direction for the folks, items and prone that symbolize our province.< p>

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The public resented the tolls and went to great pains to avoid them. Some companies failed to recoup their investment and went into bankruptcy. In 1894, the government abolished toll roads and took over management of intercity routes. Except for a few pictures, and one surviving tollkeeper's cottage in fragile condition, nothing remains of the era of plank and toll roads. The Act of13 February 1833 authorized the formation of companies to build turnpike roads, and set aside starter funding. Contracts were let by auction, with companies to build specific roads and recoup their own costs through tolls permitted at given locations.

Adjacent, the Glen Grove Racetrack can be seen through the pine trees at left. TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 200 YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY NORTH YORK WILLOWDALE: Yonge Street looking north from Joe Smith's. Near Yonge and Church. NEWTONBROOK: Manse for Newtonbrook United Church. Birthplace of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. (Approx 1906-1910) 50 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 2OO Y E A R S Y O N G E - A HISTORY NEWTONBROOK: Highway #11, breaking up macadam road. NEWTONBROOK: Lot 26, Cone. 1 IVYonge Street looking north at Steeles Corners.

It still stands as a Yonge Street landmark — without its spires — and is the oldest church building in town still used as a church. Rev. Edwin A. Pearson, father of future prime minister Lester B. Pearson, was minister here from 1900 to 1903. 2OO Y E A R S Y O N G E - A H I S T O R Y Aurora's first purpose-built town hall, designed by Langley, Langley, and Burke, accommodated a market, the fire station, a public hall, and the lock-up in addition to the municipal offices when it was opened in 1876.

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