Today’s visitors to Toronto Springs State Conservation Area have the same opportunity to relish the essence and freshness of the area as did the early 1850’s citizens of the town of Toronto.
John Harrold built his Mill at the spring and the Wet Glaize Creek just below the town of Toronto (once called Harroldtown). At one time the area had a drug store, doctor’s office, livery and blacksmith, a place to dine, a photographer, post office, and a saloon. The town had a feather mattress factory and lead was mined in the vicinity.
Old pioneers and slaves are buried near the remnants of the old town. Forever lost in time, the cemetery lays deep within the tall grasses in the woodlands… except for the few who know the whereabouts of the twenty-or-so graves.
The Camdenton Toronto Springs Conservation Area information states: the area is about miles east of Montreal on State Highway Route E, then 1.5 miles east on State Highway Route A. This area has a canoe access.  There are three other parking areas, one on State Road A and the other two are off State Road C. There are no facilities in the area. Be sure to bring along a picnic and your own picnic blanket!
What follows is a portion of “Toronto” a poem written by Wealthy Rainwater in 1936:
You know we all have our ideas and pictures drawn in our minds
Of things we often read about or heard of lots of times,
So, to relieve your minds of Toronto I’ll describe this wonderful burg
Then you’ll know how much to believe of the things that you have heard,
It’s built at the bottom of a western hill with just Main Street, you know
There’s no danger in streetcars there no matter which way you go,
And this street runs north and south and on the northern end,
Is the store of John H Maynard a mighty good merchant and friend,
The Mill is the house nearby and John is the miller, too,
He generally keeps a good supply of feeds and grinding, too…
…There are a few close neighbors of course who enjoy the little town’s airs?
Who like to partake of its joyous spirit, its welcome, its friendship, its wares,
So, I’ll make this description brief and relieve your minds of a load
Toronto is just a little business place and it’s only a wide space in the road,
Besides the wonders of nature, there is fishing, hunting, hiking, and canoeing. The Area encompasses almost 570 acres of savannas, grass and woodlands. Established in 1986, Toronto Springs has a flow of 2 to 4 million gallons per day. For more information contact the Missouri Department of Conservation. And, don’t forget to bring your camera!