An Early Map Of Lindsay - 1896

Through the kindness of Mr. C. D. Barr, county registrar of deeds, we were recently permitted to examine the earliest map of Lindsay filed in the registry office. The map bears the following inscription, “Town Plot of Lindsay and Park Lots Adjacent; Crown Lands Department, Montreal, August 1846. A true copy. D. B. Papineau, C.C.L.”

The “Town Plot” was bounded on the north, east, south and west by Colborne street, Lindsay street, Durham street, and Albert street, respectively, and the “Park Lots Adjacent” lay between Colborne, Albert, Durham, and the present western boundary.

The entire town consisted of 400 acres, being lots 20 and 21, in the 5th concession of Ops. To day the town includes lots 19, 20, 21 and 22, in the 5th and 6th concessions of Ops. In this map of 1846, Lindsay Street was called Prince Street; William Street was Augusta Street. The corporation boundary on the west, now called Angeline Street was then called Alfred Street; Colbourne Street, west of Albert Street, was called Alice street. The park lots were a solid block of land between the boundaries named and were intersected by only one street, Kent Street.

Roads led into the town as follows on the plan: north and south roads along the western boundary as now; from Lindsay street south; present road on the west, just north of Mr. Geo. Matthews’ residence, from Kent Street east; into Lindsay Street north, along the riverbank, east of Rathbun’s mill. A road opened from the west end of Alice street in a straight line into Francis street; another from a short distance north of Mr. Geo. Matthews’ residence ran through the park lots and opened into the west end of Bond Street. The Queen’s Square lay in the centre of the town, between Cambridge and Sussex streets on the east and west, and on the north and south between lines immediately south of Mr. D. Sinclair’s property, and north of the Warder property respectively.

The early authorities appear to have intended the town to become a mathematical population, and to have anticipated the good intentions of the board of education, for the town plan looks like a sum in arithmetic, or rather, a diagram from Euclid.

From north to south the town plot was subdivided into lots as follows: Lindsay to William, five lots; William to Cambridge, five lots; Cambridge to Victoria avenue, three lots; Victoria avenue to Sussex, three lots; Sussex to Albert, five lots. The lots were numbered 1, 2, 3, etc, westward from Lindsay Street and we have kept this numbering up to the present. The park lots were not subdivided, but were numbered 1, 2, 3, etc., from Durham street northward, up to No. 15, on the south side of Colborne street.

It is rather singular that the early authorities ignored existing conditions. The first dwellings in Lindsay were east of Lindsay Street, but yet no territory east of Lindsay Street is included in this early map of Lindsay, when the bulk of the population of the day must have lived east of Lindsay Street.

Perhaps some of our early settlers can give us some information in this matter. These things belong to early Lindsay and help to make history for our town. We do not know that any particular effort has been made to preserve the historical remains of the early times in Lindsay, which is surprising, since in other places, notably Peterborough, our rival sister, the early settlement has been recorded by patriotic residents. We are informed that the first bridge built for traffic on the present locks site was opened on May 29th, 1844. Our columns are open to patriotic contributors on the early history of Lindsay, and we would like to hear from the old residents. Who lived east of Lindsay Street in 1846?

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