Parkdale the thoroughfares King and Queen Streets 1885



Crossing Yonge Street at its outset are the two great thoroughfares King and Queen Streets, and nearly a mile further north Bloor Street, formerly the dividing line between the city and the suburb of Yorkville, stretches away westward far beyond the city limits into the open country. For convenience of topographical description these four streets may be accepted as dividing the city into five great divisions. The first of these is that lying to the south of King Street and extending as far as the waters of the bay. The second would consist of the long torpedo- shaped strip extending from the junction of King and Queen Streets at High Park, in the west, to the point where they again converge on the banks of the Don, in the east. The third would include the area east of Yonge, north of Queen and south of Bloor, but extending beyond the extremities of the two latter streets across the Don. To King Street begiven thepas. It is More aristocratic,more frequented and more business-like in so far, at least, as its central portion is con- cerned than any of its sisters. It can also lay claim-to greater antiquity, having been the first thoroughfare of the future city the village..street.of \ Muddy Little York. King Street extends almost the entire length of the j city, from High Park to the Don, where it joins Queen Street and, after crossing the bridge over the river, becomes the Kingston Road. It is on King Street, from York Street to Church, that the fashionable stores are situated^; and here that, of a fine afternoon from three till six, the fashion- ables and would-be fashionables of the city most do congregate to display their charms and their attire, affecting especially for that purpose the south, or “dollar” side. It is in this portion of the street that are situated the Rossin House, for many years one of the leading hotels, and the principal dry-goods,^millinery and jewellery stores, on the south side; while on the north side are the offices of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, in the building erected and formerly occupied by the ill-fated United Empire Club.


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