By Ralph Magel
The Yonge highway as conceived through Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe is well known, from its starting as a primary Nation's path, to the Yonge highway we all know this day, extending from Toronto to Innisfil. Augustus Jones, the surveyor assigned via Simcoe, the French, the German pioneers, the Loyalists -- all have been to steer the development of Yonge road. With the construction of a direction got here tolls, resorts, villages, extra immigrants and eventually an street of economic climate serving because the key transportation path for the folk, items and prone that signify our province.< p>
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1W Gibson House, Yonge Street, built 1849-51. Peter Gibson left of front steps. 870) LANSING: Yonge Street at Sheppard Avenue looking north. (Approx 1911) WILLOWDALE: Willowdale Episcopal Methodist Church parsonage, on Yonge Street, west side, just north of Gibson House. Yonge was the division line between the townships of Markham andVaughan. Evolving into a farming and trade centre, its population at the time of incorporation as a village in 1873 was 631. It became a town in 1957. In 1971, parts of neighbouring communities were annexed and Richmond Hill became part of the Region of York.
He was also responding to Governor Simcoe's offer of free land in York County. He made his first camp on the Indian Trail beside the East Holland River; this Trail was destined to become the Main Street of Newmarket. Rogers returned to Pennsylvania and New England and convinced forty families to return with him to north Yonge Street in the winter of 1800. Soon after, he received a grant of forty farms of 200 acres each, and Samuel Lundy came from Pennsylvania to take adjoining land, receiving land for another twenty families.
YORK MILLS: Yonge Street looking north from York Mills Bridge (1920). 52 TOWNS ALONG YONGE STREET 2OO YEARS YONGE - A HISTORY WILLOWDALE: Lot 18, Cone. 1W Gibson House, Yonge Street, built 1849-51. Peter Gibson left of front steps. 870) LANSING: Yonge Street at Sheppard Avenue looking north. (Approx 1911) WILLOWDALE: Willowdale Episcopal Methodist Church parsonage, on Yonge Street, west side, just north of Gibson House. Yonge was the division line between the townships of Markham andVaughan. Evolving into a farming and trade centre, its population at the time of incorporation as a village in 1873 was 631.