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The Darker Side

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Who knew? Documenting historic Mississauga often brings to mind hardworking settlers carving the rural landscape from the untamed wilderness, of living harmoniously with each other as they attempt to survive and establish roots for their families. Every once in awhile, research uncovers a glimpse of a darker side, throwing a dim light into the historic shadows of our past, and reminding us that the landscape was not the only thing that had a touch of untamed wildness to it. This ongoing article series, dubbed “The Darker Side”, will uncover and share true tales of crime and punishment from historic Mississauga, circa 1820 to 1970. This is an ongoing project, and we will add new chapters to this story over time.