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  • 1854, the Great Western Railway connected the Detroit frontier with the east, expanding industrial development
  • This was the first railway to cross Essex County (today VIA trains travel those tracks)
  • Lumbering was at its peak at this time
  • Windsor became the terminal, boosting its developing as an urban centre
  • Leamington, Kingsville and Harrow were making a start developing as well, due to the railway
  • Essex did not emerge until the Canadian Southern Railway was constructed in 1872
  • In the 1880’s the Lake Erie, Essex and Detroit River Railway was constructed by the Walkers of Walkerville