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Chapter 6
Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
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
The Village at Mid-Century
Harmony and Good Feeling: A Sunday School Picnic at the Richmond Hill Methodist Church, June 17, 1857
The Kinnear Murder Case
Hospitality on the Hill
Yonge Street By Stagecoach
Toll-Gates and Macadam Surfaces
Yonge Street on Foot and by Wagon
The "Oats, Straw and Hay" Railway
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
Epilogue
Appendices
Table of Illustrations
Index

Yonge Street on Foot and by Wagon

From Toronto to Richmond Hill

Saturday 7th [November 1840]. Left office before 1 P.M. for home, reached the corner of King and Yonge Streetsat exactly 1 P.M. & walked to Finch's in 2 hours & 18 minutes. Stopped at Finch's exactly 1/2 an hour by 3 minutes, and arrived home at 1/2 6 P.M., performing the distance in 4 hours & a 1/4, the shortest trip yet. Found all well at home. The Road is now Macadamized to Corbould's gate, & they are just putting up the 4th turnpike at Cook's.

Larratt Smith, Jr., cited by Mary Larratt Smith,Young Mr. Smith of Upper Canada(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980),p. 46

From Richmond Hill to Toronto

Thursday 10th [November 1842]. I got up at 5 A.M. & left the farm with 30 bushels of potatoes in the waggon & old Patrick beside me on the box. The new horse baulked at first & would not go. Licked him till he started, he afterwards pulled willingly. We reached Toronto about 10 A.M. Mr. Howe allowed 3 shillings & 9 pence per bushel for the potatoes.

Larratt Smith, Jr., cited by Mary Larratt Smith,Young Mr. Smith of Upper Canada(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980),p. 82

 

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