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THE ROYAL TOUR 1939
The next items on this post refer to a Royal Tour back in 1939 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I. The tour as you can read here was from May 17 until June 15 back in 1939.
Here is the King and Queen as they arrived at the CPR station on Syndicate Ave. in Fort William Ontario. In the background is the old Ogilvie Elevator which still stands to this very day.
The next photo is that of the King and Queen's motorcade turning south on Memorial Ave. from John Street road, and by clicking on these photos you may recognize some business establishments or houses that still exist to this day. This things you see in the sky are all the overhead cables for the street cars that travelled these routes....one can be seen in the background waiting to get through.
The final colour photo here is how this same corner looks today. Some of those tall peaked roof lines are visible in both photos.
|The King and Queen in motorcade in front of Central School, the present day site of Patterson Park directly across from the new court house.|
|The King and Queen in their McLaughlin-Buick touring coach in front of the Pagota on Water Street in Port Arthur.|
These next two photos are of the King and Queen signing the city register at the present day corner of May Street and William street just north of the river and across from the old fairgrounds(present day Silver City parking lot. You can see the river to the left and the elevators in the background. Either the "Welcome to Port Arthur" arch was not constructed by then or it is just out of the photo to the left. One photo is an Internet photo and the other is a family photo...each a bit different. You can just make out the corner of the old Canadian Lakehead Exhibition Grandstand to the right and near top of each photo.
The picture here shows the exact angle the two photos above were taken. Even though the wire fence was probably taken down and removed many times in the past...it still looks the same.
Here is a story of the McLaughlin- Buick that King George VI and Elizabeth I used on their tour above. Click On.
NEXT: I am reversing the order of the following two photos to show the huge difference in this piece of property.
We all know this as the present day Kam River Park, but it was once a very bustling place. It used to be the Canadian Pacific Railway freight sheds. I spent many a day as a kid riding my bicycle down here to see all the beautiful cruise ships that came and went such as the S.S. Assiniboia and the S.S. Keewatin.
|Kam River Park|
Next and Finally for this post - "HOUSES" then an now!