Historical Photos Series II

Red Rock, Ontario, September 1968, view SE. We arrived there in August, just before school started. We lived on the main floor of the house next to the three bungalows in the lower left corner. Jack King and his wife and daughter lived upstairs.

Algoma Steel, August 1980, from the boat of the Canadian Soo Locks Tour. The Canadian Soo Locks Tour no longer operates, and Algoma Steel was bought by Essar Steel of India. I have no idea how these structures figured in steel-making.





Nor Ontair Dahs-7 at Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, March 1981. I flew on these planes to Toronto several times for Teachers Federation meetings. Very noisy, which meant you couldn't converse with your seatmate, They were reliable planes, though, and remarkably steady flyers despite their small size.

In April 1984, the Mississaugi River flooded because an earthen dam failed upstream. The highway was flooded in several places, but one could still drive through. This patch of flooded woodland was about 10 miles west of Blind River. The Mississaugi River is in the background,


Shell station Sault Ste Marie, August 1985, long since replaced. I liked all the signage in the window.

CPRail 1808 Extra West at Blind River, July 1988. Since then, the line has been leased to Huron Central Railway (http://www.gwrr.com/operations/railroads/north_america/huron_central_railway). The was surveyed when the Liberals decided that a south-of-Superior route, being cheaper, should be built. They lost the next election, and Sir John A Macdonald fixed that: today's CPR route runs along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

20 Indiana Avenue, Blind River, August 1980. This house still exists, but the one next to it has been torn down.

Colonization Road at Indiana Avenue, Blind River, September 1979. The shed-roofed house is now an empty lot.

Esso Bulk Plant, Nipigon, September 1969. As you can see, it was still served by rail.

Me as Poobah, Lord High Everything in The Mikado spring 1972. I made the fan myself, because the fans rented from the costume company weren't big enough for Poobah. I still have it.

Northland Grocers, Sudbury, July 1988. It still stands, with minor changes to the exterior signage. Not many small businesses survive this long.

 Toronto in August 1974, from Ontario Place. So many things have changed that it would take an essay to comment on them all. The following year, the view from here would show a finished CN Tower.


Two views of Vancouver  from the Sandman Inn, September 1978. These photos were taken by my father. I have no idea what part of Vancouver we are looking at, whether we are looking west or east, etc.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those pictures from the Vancouver Sandman Hotel are exceptionally interesting. The body of water that you can see in both pictures is False Creek.

In the upper picture you can see the old Connaught Bridge (replaced by the Cambie Street bridge in 1985) with Vancouver City Hall in the distance. That area is now home to the B.C. Place stadium (home of the BC Lions CFL franchise constructed in 1981).

The lower picture shows the Dunsmir Viaduct and the Georgia Viaduct where Rogers Arena (home of the Vancouver Canucks NHL franchise constructed in 1995) is now located.

Both pictures also show the area where Expo 86 (the 1986 World's Fair) was held (most of this area is now high rise apartments).

If your dad took those pictures from his hotel room, then he would have had a room on the southeast corner of the hotel.

That entire area is completely unrecognizable today from what it was then.

Wolf K said...

Thanks for the information. :-)