1860 Ownership Map: The area east of the Don River

This map shows the larger land owners, property lines, roads, railroads, rivers and creeks. Built up areas are indicated by solid dark blocks like the one on the west side (left) of the map showing Riverside. Another is the solid block on Kingston Road in Norway Village.
Charles Coxwell Small owned all the land from the lake to Danforth Avenue from Coxwell to Woodbine Avenue. Coxwell Avenue is named after him.
Don and Danforth Road is now Danforth Avenue.
Riverside and Leslieville, 1860.
The Beaches or “The Beach” had not yet become a resort.
South of the Don and Danforth Road (Danforth Avenue) large lots, running from north to south in long, linear strips were, granted to the first settlers. Roads were horrible and every landowner or tenant wanted access to a waterway to ship produce out and goods in. North of the Danforth the lots ran west to east so that farmers had frontage on the Don River.
The road running north from Norway was an indigenous trail, later called Dawes Road. It connected with Kingston Road until 1884 when the Grand Trunk Railway built a rail yard and roundhouse complex at Main Street. The road cutting north east off the Kingston Road at Jame Beatty’s property was the original route of the Kingston Road and was known as “The Old Kingston Road”. It is now Clonmore Drive.

Published by Leslieville Historical Society

Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.

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