Shacktown to Suburban Happiness: Rhodes from Hanson Street to Danforth Avenue

Rhodes Avenue north from GTR April 28, 1913
A railway siding to the old brickyard and a few scattered houses owned by market gardeners, but some houses on the west side.
Rhodes Avenue, Toronto Star, October 25, 1913
The streetcar changed everything. With transportation came population. With population came services. With services and jobs in the 1920’s, Shacktown disappeared. Toronto Star, December 16, 1912
Looking south on Coxwell Ave. Aug. 13, 1921 The Harris Coal Company, Peerless Artificial Stone and a City of Toronto Works Department occupied the abandoned clay pit between Coxwell and Rhodes north of the railway track. Now Monarch Collegiate occupies the site.
1924 Goad’s Plan
Plan of the subdivision to the west side of Rhodes Avenue, Jan. 8, 1912
Rhodes Avenue north of Hanson Street (formerly Stacey Street) is part of Tanner & Gates subdivision. Ad Monarch Park, Toronto Star, May 1, 1912
July 1, 1921 Creator: Goss, Arthur, 1881-1940 Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 52, Item 931 City of Toronto Archives
Monarch Park ad, May 7, 1913 Soon the young men went off to war and when they came back they lived through a depression that only ended in the spring of 1923. But many had saved their money during their service for the King and the Empire. That enabled them to buy a lot in Shacktown and when the good times came in the Roaring Twenties, they built the houses you see today.
Looking south at the main entrance to Monarch Park, July 6, 1923 Creator: Goss, Arthur, 1881-1940 Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 52, Item 1132 City of Toronto Archives
The men and women of the day fought hard for the services that they needed for themselves and their children. After having suffered so much during The War to End All Wars (World War One), they had a strong sense of entitlement and who can blame them! Monarch Park concerns, Globe, March 18, 1923
Monarch butterflies, July 21, 2010 photo by Joanne Doucette
Monarch Park playing field sits over an abandoned clay pit. Photo by Joanne Doucette.
Looking east over the ravine of lost east branch of Ashbridge’s Creek towards Monarch Park Collegiate, December 6, 2019 photo by Joanne Doucette
The Coxwell-Gerrard Facebook page area.

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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