By Ralph Magel
The Yonge highway as conceived by means of Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe is widely known, from its starting as a primary Nation's path, to the Yonge road we all know at the present time, 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 highway. With the construction of a course got here tolls, hotels, villages, extra immigrants and finally an road of financial system serving because the key transportation path for the folk, items and companies that signify our province.< p>
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A 42 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 200 YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY P L A N K ROAD B U I L D I N G 237? WestonRoad portage route up the Humber/Holland River system. The Toronto Carrying Place Trail was used by Governor Simcoe to reach Lake Simcoe, and he returned by means of the trail that became the route for Yonge Street. Historically designated by the City of York, the Weston Plank Road Building was the office for the company which built wooden plank toll roads as far north as the villages of Albion and Woodbridge.
Another important link the City of York has with Yonge Street is the Davenport Trail. Villages became established along Davenport which is Toronto's oldest road. The Davenport trail links up with Weston Road which was also the Toronto Carrying Place Trail earlier (the trail that gave Toronto its name) and this trail is a 43 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 200 YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY LAMBTON HOUSE near the Humber River on the Davenport Trail Restored in 1993 for the City of York Bicentennial, the house was opened by LieutenantGovernor H.
George Player was among the first to develop a system and sold it shortly afterwards. William Weller's service was one of the best-known, with various routes east and west. Northward, there was the line run by James Mink, a black hotelier who ran a livery stable adjoining Yonge Street. One of the services northward on Yonge from 1880 to 1896 was that of John Thompson. Before that, Thompson had worked for Weller. Above Inset: This 1907 view shows several modes of transportation: a variety of wagons and carts for hauling freight, horse-drawn omnibuses, a covered cab driven by a man in a top hat and, in the background, the upper decks and smokestack of a waiting steamboat.
200 Years Yonge: A History by Ralph Magel