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The Yonge Street story, 1793-1860 : an account from letters, diaries, and newspapers

Author: F R Berchem
Publisher: Toronto : Natural Heritage/Natural History, 1996, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: F R Berchem
ISBN: 1896219136 : 9781896219134
OCLC Number: 35935278
Notes: Originally published: Toronto : McGraw-Hill Ryerson, ©1977.
Description: 192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Responsibility: F.R. Berchem.

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This is the remarkable story of the trail that became the longest street in the world, as officially recognized byThe Guinness Book of Records. Begun in 1794, Yonge Street was planned by the ambitious Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe as a military route between Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Anxious to bolster Upper Canada's defences against the new republic to the south, which he heartily loathed, Simcoe had his Queen's Rangers survey and develop the route from Toronto to present-day Holland Landing, and laid out lots for settlement. Even the trusty Rangers, as one surveyor complained in 1799, needed little excuse to lay down tools and vanish "to carouse upon St. George's day."Handsomely illustrated with the author's drawings, and painstakingly researched, this book captures the not-so-distant days when muddy Yonge Street was the backbone of pioneer Ontario.

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