Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
York's First Jail
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2006
They hanged men here where the King Edward Hotel now stands at 37 King Street East. Mounted on the east wing of the hotel is this 2005 Bruce Bell History Project plaque which gives us this information:
Plaque coordinates: 43.649588 -79.375652
In 1798 the Town of York (now Toronto) erected its first jail and hanging yard on this site. Also known as 'the old log gaol', it was still standing when York opened a newer jail in 1827 (demolished 1960) on the NE corner of King and Toronto Streets. The first person to be executed here was John Sullivan on October 11, 1798, convicted of stealing a forged note worth about one dollar.
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