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Chapter 12
The Village Transformed
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
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Parading, Dancing, and Skating
Richmond Hill's Fiftieth Birthday: 1923
Richmond Hill's One Hundredth Birthday: 1973
Skating in Style
Pure Water and Healthy Children
The installation of the waterworks in 1921 inspired a Richmond Hill bard to send this bit of doggerel in to the local paper:
"Mrs. Pankhurst's Lecture"
Flying Kites on Richmond's Hill
Between Old and New
"Dr. Langstaff Describes the Advent of the Horseless Carriage"
Alex Hume's Cushions and the Power of the Press
Turn-of-Century Tracks Block Yonge Street Construction
From Radial Cars to Rubber Tires
Table of Illustrations

Turn-of-Century Tracks Block Yonge Street Construction

Workers carrying out the improvements to Yonge Street unearthed a bit of local history Tuesday when they ran into railway tracks dating back to the days when trolley cars ran through town.

Traffic was down to one lane northbound at Crosby Avenue Tuesday while crews dug out the heavy iron rails which carried trains through Richmond Hill between York Mills and Sutton.

The workers were laying the conduit for the new traffic signals at Crosby Avenue when "without any warning they ran smack into the old railway tracks," transit co-ordinator Bud Newton said.

Mr. Newton noted that there are several more sidestreets where conduits will have to be laid across the road, but he hoped they wouldn't hit any more tracks. He noted that there were no tracks at the corner of Wright and Dunlop streets.

The Liberal,August 24, 1988


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