Esquesing Township: 200 Years – Development of Transportation

 

A CN train travels south into the Georgetown junction on the original Hamilton-North-Western railway line. Date: 1950

     In the years after 1819 the settlers were mandated to clear forests in front of their farms so a grid of roads could be developed to connect them to their neighbours, mills, supplies and general communication with the outside world. This was an added burden for the pioneers who were trying to build a house and barn and clear the land of trees in order to plant crops to sustain themselves and their animals. Where there were low swamp lands, logs were laid across to form corduroy roads . These were very uneven with some logs rotting more quickly than others. Travelling on them was a nightmare.

      Fortunately the modes of transportation evolved  over the next two hundred years.  A full summary of the history of transportation in Esquesing Township with supporting photos from the EHS archives can be found in Photo Gallery #3 in the above menu Esquesing Township: 200 Years.

Iron bridge over the Credit River at Georgetown. Date: 1860