Newmarket - Dundurn

Newmarket

The Heart of York Region

Published July 1996

Description

In the early 1800s, Timothy Robers, a Quaker millwright from Vermont, drew a flourishing community of fellow Quakers to the area which became the new-market for settles and traders.

It soon became the commercial hub of a rich farming area. By the mid-1800s it was a central point on the Ontario, Simcoe, and Huron Railway. Over the following decades, gas deposits were confirmed there and a barge canal was built along with a street railway. In the early 20th century Newmarket languished through a long period of slow growth — wars and the Depression took a terrible toll on the small town. Yet in the 1940s it was another war that brought thousands of soldiers to Newmarket’s training camp on their way to battlefields in Europe.

It took the 1960s to bring real prosperity — builders began developing the inexpensive land, industries came, and the town flourished. The pace of construction continued through the 1980s as Newmarket prepared for its busy life of today.

Reviews

Contributors

Robert Terence Carter

Robert Carter grew up in Newmarket and was editor of the newspaper The Newmarket Era from 1968-1985. For many years he wrote a weekly local history column for the Era. In 1974 he founded the Newmarket Historical Society. Mr. Carter has been awarded many honours in recognition of his significant contribution to the history of his community and Canada.

Book Details

ePub
July 1996
-
104 pp
9781459713451
Paperback
July 1996
8.5x11 in
104 pp
9781550022223
ePub
July 1996
-
104 pp
9781554882427