PHOTOS: What a difference 125 years make at heart of LRT route in Mississauga

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Published March 12, 2024 at 10:54 am

Hurontario and Dundas in Mississauga 1900 and 2024.
Photos show the busy Mississauga intersection of Dundas Street and Hurontario Street, at left circa 1900 and on the right, today. (Photos: Heritage Mississauga via Metrolinx)

As project leaders look to the future and completing the $4.6-billion Hazel McCallion light-rail transit route that’ll run some 21 kilometres along Hurontario Street, they occasionally take a peek at the past as well.

Officials with Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of the massive Hazel McCallion Line project, noted via social media on Monday what a difference nearly 125 years make — particularly when looking at a busy intersection that for many decades has been considered by many to be the heart of Mississauga.

In its post to The Hazel McCallion Line X site (formerly Twitter), Metrolinx presented a photo of the Dundas Street/Hurontario Street intersection from 1900 contrasted with a capture of the same crossing from present day.

“Explore Cooksville’s vibrant past and present with these historic photos, courtesy of Heritage Mississauga. From the bustling Dundas and Hurontario intersection in 1900 to today,” the post reads.

An accompanying post shows a location just north of that well-known intersection, at 3024 Hurontario Street. Today, that spot serves as Metrolinx’s Cooksville Community Office as it relates to the LRT project.

In 1930, a photo (see below) shows that building, once known as Revere House, was the site of Ward’s Drug Store. With its central location, the drug store no doubt served a long list of customers a century or so ago.

3024 Hurontario St. in 1930, when it housed Ward’s Drug Store. (Photo: Heritage Mississauga via Metrolinx)

When completed in early 2025 (initially scheduled for late 2024 completion), the Hazel McCallion Line will whisk riders from Port Credit GO in south Mississauga all the way north into Brampton via Hurontario Street, with more than 19 stops along the way.

Metrolinx received the go-ahead from the province last month to extend the line by three or four kilometres into downtown Brampton and reintroduce the “downtown loop” to the City Centre area of Mississauga. The latter component will add several stops to the route.

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