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Spinning the Railway Web

The early railways in Victoria county were born of commercial necessity.
The years from 1820 to 1860 saw the development, in the Kawartha Lakes basin, of great lumbering enterprises, followed closely by farming. Cutting off this thriving interior from the Lake Ontario coast, lay a range of forest ridden sand hills, crossed only by two or three atrocious bush trails. In the thirties, as we have seen, abortive efforts were made to bridge the gap by building a Trent Valley Canal. Greater success attended the activity, twenty years later, of the builders of railways.

The first three of these railroads, might be described as "portage roads." The first was built from Lake Ontario to the Scugog River, and later extended, on a longer portage, to Georgian Bay. The second crossed from Toronto, on Lake Ontario, to Coboconk, on the upper Kawartha waters. The third ran from Lake Ontario to Scugog Lake, and was afterwards carried on to the Scugog River at Lindsay. All aimed at carrying the trade of this inland district out into the markets of the outside world.

Spinning the Railway Web

The First Train to Lindsay

Toronto and Nipissing Railway

Whitby and Lindsay Railway

The Victoria Railway

The Blight of Bonuses

The Battle of the Barricade

George A. Cox Achieves Amalgamation

Irondale, Bancroft, and Ottawa Ry.

Hope Deferred Maketh Bobcaygeon Sick

A Line for Manitoba Wheat

Recapitulation

 

Victoria County, Ontario Canada Centennial History, Watson Kirkconnell M.A., 1921

Victoria County


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