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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
Table of Illustrations
Metropolitan Railway
1   their grandchildren benefitted from the electric railway that shot up Yonge Street from
2   71 of the Metropolitan Railway, southbound through Richmond Hill,
3   Metropolitan brought instant change to Richmond Hill.
4   northern terminus for the burgeoning Metropolitan Railway. With favourable provincial legislation, support
5   for service beyond Richmond Hill, the Metropolitan Railway in 1899 built a new steam powerhouse at Bond
6   Lake, the mainline tracks of the Metropolitan were joined by the Schomberg and
7   old Metropolitan (Toronto and York) car barns at Bond Lake,
8   map of the Metropolitan Division of the Toronto and York Radial
9   546 metres (about 1800 feet). But the Metropolitan's cars took such grades with relative
10   the line. Up and down this line, the Metropolitan's big green cars glided along at average speeds
11   on the Metropolitan line at Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie
12   Metropolitan Car 56 at the Richmond Hill station,
13   station at Richmond Hill. The Metropolitan Railway had little time to enjoy its domination of
14   coaches [of the Metropolitan Railway] were painted a dark green, and looked very much
15   along the Yonge Street line of the Metropolitan Railway were numbered consecutively from Hogg's Hollow
16   is the summer of 1904. The Metropolitan Railway invites us to climb aboard a radial car at the
17   fine hotels, and large public halls, the Metropolitan Guide Book singles out the following
18   and villages along the line of the Metropolitan," the company brochure reminds us, "electricity
19   might the Metropolitan boast of its accomplishments. Statistics for
20   for their winter sport. Then in 1899, the Metropolitan Railway purchased the eighty-hectare (two-hundred-acre)
21   usual the Metropolitan Railway managers blundered during the two weeks of the
22   Metropolitan management has been improving the appearance
23   Metropolitan electric car brought hundreds of people
24   merrily up Yonge Street, the Metropolitan trolleys took dancers to Bond Lake.
25   of electric lighting in 1912. The Metropolitan Railway did not just bring Richmond Hill into
26   Street as far as the eye could see, the Metropolitan Railway offered its surplus electricity for lighting and
27   April 1897, the Metropolitan advertised its wares by turning on four
28   after the lights were turned on in the Metropolitan waiting room, did council express an interest
29   and York Radial Railway Company (the Metropolitan's successor) to discuss arrangements. The
30  Radial railway station and entrance to the Park
31   the bright future promised by the Metropolitan radial railway and the Canadian Northern steam line.
32   farmers and shipping it to Toronto by radial railway, where it was used to make ice cream, but that was
33   Radial railway station
34   to both Canadian Northern and radial railway shipping facilities, he planned to set up a
35   work on the radial railway line, October 1927. Toronto Transit Commission As
36   when Yonge Street's interurban electric railway reached Richmond Hill in
37   its location at the junction of the Metropolitan and Schomberg & Aurora electric railway
38   new transportation phenomenon - the electric railway. The electric railway and the

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