Here is some more interesting data about our CLE...The Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds. The following two photos are before and after photos. The first one was taken in 1955 and the second one was extracted from Google Earth and a relatively current photo of about 2010.
The changes are very dramatic, and the only two buildings shown in the photos that existed then and today are the CLE Coliseum shown in light blue in both photos, and the CLE Auditorium that is used mainly for Bingo games today. The following is what the circled items used to be.
- The lime green shows the main part of the midway and was accessible by crossing the river by a walking bridge.
- The red shows where the walking bridge was.
- The dark blue in the centre of the picture is the Grandstand and entertainment stage.....this was also used as the judges stand for the stock car races.
- The pink rectangle in the lower centre was the "Welcome to Port Arthur" arch talked about in this blog before.
- The purple rectangle at the bottom was the "Super-Sonic car wash". This building is still used today for a number of different businesses.
- The Street along the bottom of both pictures is May Street, and on the left side of the old photo, Memorial Ave starts just left/north of the river. The trees along both sides of Memorial Ave., planted in memory of fallen soldiers during WWI and WWII have since been removed for street widening etc. I would like to see the city re-plant those trees along Memorial Ave and re-dedicate Memorial Ave to what it was meant to be, a "memorial" to fallen soldiers of both wars!!
My personal thought is that the CLE and midway should be moved to a better place, such as the Thunder Bay Agriplex or maybe Current River Park, since the grounds have been pretty much taken over by the movie theatre and the dome.
Click on the photos to enlarge...........JUST MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!! ...and an old picture showing how it was.