Uncovering the Creek

Uncovering the Creek is a study of the city’s changing landscape through a close examination of Trinity-Bellwoods Park and the Crawford Street bridges. This project is a virtual excavation of a hidden Toronto landmark that has been almost erased by the process of city building.

This project was produced by Alex Meyers in 2014 for Digital History HI 9808 at Western University. Alex is a graduate student in the Public History program.

Early Settlement along Garrison Creek

The early estates were owned by active or retired army officers, and senior civil servants.

The City Expands

In 1851, Sanford Fleming (future father of standard time) was a 24-year-old surveyor when he and fellow-surveyor John Soughton Dennis produced this remarkable map of Toronto

Cycles of Boom and Bust

The Toronto real estate market experienced a dramatic boom and bust cycle throughout the 19th century. Land speculators bought and subdivided large parcels of land that often went unoccupied for years.

Tax Exempt Land

This map was created to show tax exempt land in the city of Toronto. One particularly disputed category of exempt land was "lawns and gardens".

The Toronto Purchase

Agents of the British Crown negotiated with leaders of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation for the purchase of approximately 250,000 acres of land on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

Bridging the City

Toronto is growing rapidly and land surrounding Garrison Creek is subdivided for new residential areas. The city builds a bridge to connect Crawford Street on both sides of the ravine.

Little Britain

Simcoe's dream was to transplant the rigid British class structure into the backwoods of Upper Canada as a bulwark against American-style democracy.

Early maps of Lake Ontario

Many early maps of Canada and the Great Lakes region, like the example here, were created by Jesuit missionaries.

A New Bridge

Workers build a new bridge designed by Roland Caldwell (R.C.) Harris, Toronto's Commisioner of Public Works.

Bridge Suffers Winter Damage

By 1919, the Crawford Street Bridge is already showing signs of wear. The road bed began to buckle and crack.

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