Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Croft Street Graffiti & the Great Toronto Fire of 1904

I was hoping it was Lara Croft Street with a little Angelina Jolie spicing up Toronto, but no, it was just Croft Street. It was spicy anyway with all its graffiti murals and vine covered buildings along the small width roadway.
The building at the corner of Croft Street and College Street tells the story of the Great Toronto Fire of 1904 and the death of John Croft, the only person that died during the conflagration that destroyed a chunk of Toronto and put many out of home and work. John was clearing ruins caused by the fire using explosives. When some of the explosives didn't go off, he set out to make sure they were out. Unfortunately the explosives chose to go off and John expired the next day from his injuries. In 1908 an alley way was changed from Ulster Avenue to Croft Street to mark the end of John.

The street is full of colourful graffiti and it is fun to travel down the roadway.

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