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College and Lansdowne/Then and Now

College and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking west on College towards Lansdowne in 1939. The houses in the centre of the photo were demolished shortly afterwards to allow College to continue and join up with Dundas Street.
This is the location of a famous police shoot out with the Boyd Gang in 1952.”On the morning of Thursday March 6, 1952, Suchan and Jackson would leave the Wright Avenue hideout to case a local bank for a future robbery. After laying low for almost four months the gang members were short of cash. As Suchan drove the 1951 Mercury Monarch, with the license plate 418-A-2, north on Roncesvalles Detectives Edmund Tong and Roy Perry of the Toronto police fell in behind. The detectives had been watching the Mercury for days on a tip that is believed to have come from one of the gangs girlfriends. Suchan turned at College and as he approached the intersection at Lansdowne, the detectives instructed him to pull the Mercury over. As Tong approached the car shots rang out and a bullet ripped through his chest severing his spinal cord. Perry was wounded in the arm.
Suchan and Jackson sped off east along College for four blocks turning onto Sheridan Avenue where they ditched the Mercury and took a cab back to the Sorauren Avenue hideout.”
-Michael Wilkins www.Examiner.com
P1140672The Sorauren Ave rooming house the Boyd Gang used.
1471342_592519630818025_1992699926_nBoyd in the Don Jail.
College and Lansdowne/Then and NowIn 2010 the Supertest gas station is gone and a Tim Horton’s stands in it’s place.
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College and Lansdowne/Then and NowA Supertest Station.

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