Here’s what Streetsville in Mississauga looked like in the 1900s

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Published March 12, 2015 at 1:07 am


Streetsville has a reputation for its quaint, old-school charm, as well as having some of the most interesting history in all of Mississauga. Here’s how the “village in the city” came to be.

When the survey of the northern portion of Toronto Township was completed in 1819, survey contractor Timothy Street received permission to build a saw and grist mill.

By 1825, six years after the first settlers came into this part of Toronto Township a thriving community containing grist and sawmills, a tannery and a distillery had developed here on the CreditRiver.

Named after Timothy Street, who began several of the early industries and donated the land for the church and cemetery, Streetsville had a population of 500 by 1837 and was the largest village in the Home District.

Streetsville was incorporated as a village, with about 1000 inhabitants, in 1858, and became a town in 1962. In 1974 Streetsville became part of the new city of Mississauga but has managed to retain its identity as a commercial and industrial centre.

Today it is home to our city’s largest concentration of historic buildings.

Dandie Store, Streetsville, c1900

Franklin House Hotel, Streetsville, c1900

Graydon Block, Queen Street, Streetsville, south, c1900

Graydon Store, Queen Street looking south, c1900

Loyal Orange Lodge gathering, Streetsville, c1925

Queen Street, looking south, Streetsville, c1900

Queen Street, Streetsville, looking north from Thomas Street, c1920

Robinson-Bray House, Streetsville, c1925

The Globe Hotel, Streetsville, Queen Street looking south, c1880

Queen Street, Streetsville, looking south, c1905

All images are courtesy of Heritage Mississauga.

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