Staircase down Bluffs?
So here’s a history mystery!
Does anybody know anything about a set of stairs that were once used to get up and down the Scarborough Bluffs?
When were they built?
You can see that someone at the archives has written “1911?” in the margin, indicating they’re not sure of the date.
There’s mention of a staircase on the Scarborough Historical Society’s website, in an excerpt from the Toronto Telegram.
But it’s dated February 3, 1919 and it talks about the stairs being almost complete.
Lake Front Steps at Birch Cliff
“The flight of wooden steps which the ratepayers’ association has been endeavoring to have placed from the top of the cliff to the lake front at Birch Cliff is almost completed, and is expected that the work can be finished up as soon as the grant from the township council has been received. Another meeting of the ratepayers is to be held before the steps are finally placed.”
Is it possible that these are the same stairs refered to in the Telegram and that the archivist simply got the date wrong?
And here’s another photograph indicating that stairs on the Bluffs might not have been a very good idea.
This next photo is dated 1927 and the staircase looks like it’s been battered by the elements and fallen apart.
Can you help solve the mystery?
Are they the same stairs? Where were they and why were they built?
If you know anything about this it would be great if you could scroll down and leave a comment.