ISBN: 1177702479 / ISBN-13: 9781177702478
A History of Simcoe County
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...improvements came more rapidly than before, and it would be impossible for us to follow the subject through all its bearings, and in every part of the county, sufficient having been said for the present of the postal service in the days of the pioneers. A compilation by David Williams, of Collingwood, on "The Origin of the Names of the Post Offices in Simcoe County," appeared in the seventh volume of the Ontario Historical Society's "Papers and Records" (1906), and it gives a quantity of information on the opening of the various post offices in the county. Chapter XIV. THE NORTHERN RAILWAY. Tm: OPEN1NG or THE NORTHERN RA1LWAY. The opening of the first railway marked an epoch in this county's history, and although subsequent to the dates of most of the pioneer events hitherto reviewed in these chapters, it is entitled to receive a full notice. What is the exact date at which the agitation began for a railway across the isthmus from Toronto to Georgian Bay, would now be difficult to determine. At all events the importance of this isthmus for travelling purposes was recognized very early. Even our red predecessors gave a convincing proof of its unique position by having at least three trails across it--the Humber, Yonge Street, and Port HopeOrillia trails. And their white displacers fully saw the prime importance of the position when they built across it the first railway in Canada. The projection of the Northern Railway was mainly due to Frederick C. Capreol, who settled in Toronto in 1833, and who also advocated the Hurontario Ship Canal scheme with unceasing vigor till his death in 1887. There were three attempts to construct the Northern Railroad before it actually came into existence. Each time an Act...