Dowling Ave Bridge Past and New

In 1910 the southern railway lines were lowered to reduce the grade on the tracks between Sunnyside and Dowling Ave. Trains no longer needed to pick up dangerous speed approaching Parkdale from the west. Bridges were built at Dufferin, Dunn, Dowling and, in 1923, at Roncesvalles to give the residents access to the lake. The bridge at Roncesvalles was lost in 1957, wounding the Sunnyside Amusement Park, as well as the Parkdale and Roncesvalles Villages. The Dowling Bridge is now being rebuilt for pedestrians and cyclists with increased height for future rail options and is expected to reopen soon. Dowling Avenue was the site of some of our grandest and most important houses.

Sunny Clark write about Anderson Ruffin Abbott “I know it’s an old post, but I just had to drop this off… did you know that Parkdale was home to Canada’s first black doctor? Anderson Ruffin Abbott was a close friend to President Abraham Lincoln.”

The first image is a map from 1884. It has nevet been seen before in this format! Click on an any picture to see an enlarged pictorial carousel.  In the carousel look to the right for access to a larger, detailed map. This is a remarkable and unusual map. Enjoy. Please share this with friends.

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4 Responses to Dowling Ave Bridge Past and New

  1. Eric says:

    I lived at 99 dowling from 1983 until 1989 as a small child. I have fond memories of the bridge. The condos on the corner were not there. There was a field there with two houses on it. One right beside 99 and another about 50 yards away.

    • jack gibney says:

      My mother lived on Dowling in a rooming house the last year of her life. It was a couple of doors north of the bridge on the east side. All gone now. I took no pictures!

  2. edwina holmes says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed going through this.
    Missed visiting the Parkdale Historical village in Jan. will this be accessible to the public this spring?

    • jack gibney says:

      Parkdale Village remains here preserved by neglect. No one has torn it all down yet. We lost the lake front neighborhood to the Gardener expressway in the 1950s and many great houses to apartment buildings in the 1960s and 70s. since then not that much has changed. We need people of vision to make things happen. I picture a restored village like Unionville.

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