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Chapter 10
Rails through Richmond Hill
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
The Radial Railway Arrives
A Ride on the Big Green Cars
Stops along the Line
Bond Lake Park
Through the Highlands of York to Bond Lake Park
Radial Days in Richmond Hill
Summer Romance at Bond Lake Park
Electrical News at the Turn of the Century
Electric Lights for the Village
Heritage sites in New Gormley
" Gormley Gleanings"
The Belated Arrival of the Age of Steam
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations


Claims to Fame

Ex-Reeve Savage claims that he called the first council meeting to request the Canadian Northern Railway (James Bay) to survey the line so as to touch at Richmond Hill, he was on the first deputation appointed by the council to wait on the directors, he paid the company the first and only debenture for the purchase of the land for the station yards, and he drove to the station last Monday morning the person who purchased the first ticket sold on the line between Toronto and Parry Sound.

The Liberal, November 29, 1906

First Ticket - to Parry Sound

Mr. C.P. Wiley of this town, traveller for the firm of Mickleborough, Muldrew & Co., Toronto, purchased at the Union Station Saturday morning ticket No. 0, the first ever sold on the line of the Canadian Northern Railway. Mr. Wiley took the train Monday morning at Richmond Hill Station, for Parry Sound.

The Liberal, November 22, 1906

A Cheering and Waving of Handkerchiefs

Last Monday, November 19, was a historic day all along the line of the Canadian Northern Railway. The road was opened for regular passenger traffic, the first train steaming out of the Union Station at 8:10. Crowds of people gathered at most of the important stations, and showed their appreciation of the new line by cheering and waving of handkerchiefs. Many of the prominent citizens at Richmond Hill showed their interest in the railroad by their presence at the opening, and expressed a belief that a benefit to the town is sure to result.

The Liberal, November 22, 1906


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