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Cypress Street/Wm. Davies Factory

Cypress south of Eastern, 1922.

In 1879, William Davies constructed a new facility further to the east, on the south side of Front Street at the Don River, which soon became the second largest pork processing plant on the continent. In addition to curing pork for export, he began slaughtering and processing hogs, and his business became the first continuous/moving rail hog-slaughtering facility in Canada.[8] In 1891, the new plant was the first in Canada to feature an artificial refrigeration unit.[1]

So many pigs were “processed” through this facility that “Hogtown” became Toronto’s nick name.

DaviesPenofHogs will davies store sw corner-collegeyonge 1914

Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 41 - Miscellaneous photographs Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 9.04.40 AMParts of this factory were still standing in the late 1990’s as we shot a TV movie there, Charles Bronson in “Family of Cops III”.

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 9.08.53 AMThis building on Front was also part of the Davies Company.

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