How Did the City of Toronto Get its Nickname “Hogtown” and How Did “Cabbagetown” Originate?

Toronto became “Hogtown” in the 1890s, when meat packing was one of the city’s principal industries.

Animals of all kinds, including the squealing hogs, were off-loaded at the railway yard to be processed and shipped back out as hams.

The central, upper-class, urban area known as “Cabbagetown” took its name from the gardens of the poor Irish immigrants who settled there and grew potatoes and cabbages to survive.

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