A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton

By John David Hamilton

Winnipeg was once Canada’s first vital urban within the west and was once the availability aspect for different prairie towns like Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, or even distant Vancouver. It exploded from a village of 2,700 humans in 1877 to a completely glossy city of 100,000 in exactly thirty years and by way of then had a college, newspapers, publishing businesses, an enormous theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West.

Growing Winnipeg was once served with paddle-wheelers at the pink River, crimson River ox carts, a Canadian-owned railway to St. Paul, Minnesota, and at last the CPR linking Montreal with the west coast.

A Winnipeg Album is a pictorial influence of Winnipeg’s vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short background, compiled and with observation by way of John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 wonderful black-and-white pictures list the early days of town and hint a number of the dramatic occasions that made Winnipeg "Canada’s Chicago."

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But my childish imagination was inaccurate: the early executions took place a few 54 blocks away at the jail, and even those ceased when the jail was moved to the suburb of Headingly. When I was a sports writer on the Free Press, the night city editor assigned a young and innocent cub reporter to cover an execution that was to occur at Headingly at midnight. When he came back I saw him typing away industriously and asked him about it. He looked at me with ingenuous blue eyes and replied: "Gee, it was a swell party!

PAM - Thomas Burns Collection - 626 62 Glimpses of the Way We Were S UCH WERE the power bases on which Winnipeg was built. But when it got down to it, the ordinary, hardworking citizen was the true strength of the city. As late as 1923, Mr. Good Citizen was being supplied with his fuel by endless lines of horsedrawn woodsleds. And when he moved his house he employed more horses. Woodsleds in winter. RAM - Foote Collection - N2015 63 WINNIPEG House-moving.

The Countess, incidentally, was built specifically for the prairies, but arrived by boat before the rails were laid — it served valiantly for more than twenty odd years. Finally, it became a monument displayed in front of the CPR station in 1910. The CPR station in 1939, decorated for the Royal Visit. RAM - Foote Collection - N2662 58 Glimpses of the Way We Were T HE CNR arrived later, but it was equally impressive. The CNR station. RAM - Winnipeg Views Collection - N8378 59 WINNIPEG A N EARLIER FORCE in the area was the Hudson's Bay Company, here represented by the Upper Fort Garry Gate, with the visiting Buffalo Bill Wild West Show posing in front in 1910 ...

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