By Frederick H. Armstrong
A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that happened within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific realization to people who carved a thriving city out of the frontier submit that was once town of York. (1989)
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Revived in 1844 with the return of prosperity, the line was completed to Collingwood on Georgian Bay in 1855. From then until it was absorbed in the Grand Truck system in 1888, the Northern was one of the most successful Canadian railways, especially under the able management of architect Frederic William Cumberland from 1860 to 1881 when it became one of the main factors in the rapid commercial and industrial expansion of the city. Since 1921 it has formed a major link in the Canadian National Railway system.
Immediately to the north of the Court House on Church Street stood a small building which was the first fire hall of the town, and beyond it on the southeast corner of Adelaide and Church streets was the second most important church in York, St Andrew's Presbyterian. Begun in 1830, and not quite finished when the city was incorporated, St Andrew's represented official Kirk of Scotland Presbyterianism. 15 As for the western focus of the city - except for the much later St Andrew's Church, which was built on its eastern side in 1875 —all traces of it have disappeared.
The city was also the centre of a growing hinterland which extended throughout most of the settled areas of the province to the north and 47 west, and financially, to an extent, as far as Kingston in the east. Leaving Gras's terminology aside, we may say that by 1834 Toronto was already much more to Upper Canada than simply the political capital; it was also clearly the prime focus of its business. Some of this business activity was admittedly concentrating there because Toronto was the seat of government; but by this very concentration the city was both developing into something more than an administrative centre, and at the same time, losing its dependence on its political status.
A City in the Making: Progress, People and Perils in Victorian Toronto by Frederick H. Armstrong