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Jody Thornton Mar 17, 2010 1:45 PM

QEW Highway Pics From the 1960s and 1970s
 
Hi Folks:

New to the forum. I was reading this post and hoping you could help.

What I've been looking for is QEW pics of the Traffic Circle, at Centennial Parkway in Hamilton. I was hoping to find close-ups of the railway overpasses.

In fact I would love to find close-ups of the QEW (circa 1960s and 1970s) for the entire Hamilton-Burlington stretch, if possible. Just thought I'd ask.

I have seen Cameron Bevers "King's Highway" site (I am quite a regular visitor). So I hope to find other closeup images of the areas I've described.

Well hopefully someone knows where I may find something. Just a curious highway geek and QEW enthusiast.

Cheers,
Jody Thornton
(Hamilton, Ontario)

Mido Jan 26, 2011 3:59 AM

looking for more pics of kenilworth and king area. Theres a few old farm s on king.

SteelTown Feb 2, 2011 12:19 AM

Check this link....

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=24

Awesome! Downtown Hamiltin in 1968 in colour plus the old HSR.

c@taract_soulj@h Feb 2, 2011 7:18 AM

If anyone has pictures of the old Eatons (before the Eaton Centre) with the warehouse style elevators, or any other downtown pics from the 80's, that would bring back many memories! I was just a shorty at the time but also remember the underground walkway under James St. from Eatons to Kresges (I think?)

Berklon Feb 2, 2011 9:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SteelTown (Post 5148568)
Check this link....

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=24

Awesome! Downtown Hamiltin in 1968 in colour plus the old HSR.

Fantastic pictures. The quality is amazing... thanks for sharing!

I remember those red "Bus Area" signs. I was born in 1969, but everything I see in the pics was basically the same in the mid 70's when I can remember more.

I'd love to see more pics from around the late 60's to late 70's... whether it's based around HSR or not. Love this type of stuff.

hamtransithistory Feb 3, 2011 4:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Berklon (Post 5149790)
Fantastic pictures. The quality is amazing... thanks for sharing!

I remember those red "Bus Area" signs. I was born in 1969, but everything I see in the pics was basically the same in the mid 70's when I can remember more.

I'd love to see more pics from around the late 60's to late 70's... whether it's based around HSR or not. Love this type of stuff.

Try this one
Hamilton ON Trolley Coaches

coalminecanary Feb 4, 2011 2:46 PM

No close ups of john street? it is so barren now I have always been curious if it had a streetwall.

Also has anyone seen old pictures of treble hall? would be cool to see it in its streetwall to see the potential of the upcoming development!

Paul29 Feb 4, 2011 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by c@taract_soulj@h (Post 5149107)
If anyone has pictures of the old Eatons (before the Eaton Centre) with the warehouse style elevators, or any other downtown pics from the 80's, that would bring back many memories! I was just a shorty at the time but also remember the underground walkway under James St. from Eatons to Kresges (I think?)

You might be thinking of Zellers?

I'd also love some older pics from the core. I worked at Kresge's in the late 80's early 90's until it closed. I heard all the glory stories from customers and other employees and would love some pics especially of the Kresges building itself......I'm still convinced it's haunted.:yes:

woreg75 Feb 5, 2011 6:23 AM

So that must mean you remember...
 
The happy Harmonica Man!!
Who played a.. uh... um... the Happy Harmonica...
Was a fixture in front of Kresge's for a long time...

Paul29 Feb 5, 2011 2:58 PM

:haha: Yes he was, can't remember his name though. He was a regular inside the store too, super nice guy.

Edited to add: his name was Ken........don't know how, or why I remembered that after 20 years though.....

SteelTown Feb 5, 2011 9:54 PM

Another great photo with the Birks Building in colour.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...9&postcount=28

matt602 Feb 6, 2011 1:00 AM

Look at that freaking streetwall on James there! What the hell was wrong with people back then? It looks like Yonge Street. So dense.

Paul29 Feb 6, 2011 1:14 AM

Ah, I forgot about the Robinson's building there. It was a vacant lot for the longest time that I remember.

Dr Awesomesauce Feb 6, 2011 6:31 AM

Great website! I miss those old yellow and black trollies!

matt602 Feb 6, 2011 5:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul29 (Post 5153381)
Ah, I forgot about the Robinson's building there. It was a vacant lot for the longest time that I remember.

Yep... still is.

Paul29 Feb 6, 2011 7:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by matt602 (Post 5153935)
Yep... still is.

Any idea why they tore it down. I remember they turned it into a parking lot.

Was it one of those, "progress" things in the 80's?

matt602 Feb 6, 2011 10:42 PM

Pretty much. Robinsons turned into a failure after awhile and the building was probably vacated. Royal Bank next door also moved somewhere else. Without knowing the exact history, I'm guessing both these things happened at about the same time. Someone probably bought up both buildings and razed em.

SteelTown Feb 6, 2011 11:56 PM

The property belongs to Yale. The city wanted to buy the land but Yale wants something like over 2 million for the land.

c@taract_soulj@h Feb 9, 2011 5:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul29 (Post 5152318)
You might be thinking of Zellers?

I'd also love some older pics from the core. I worked at Kresge's in the late 80's early 90's until it closed. I heard all the glory stories from customers and other employees and would love some pics especially of the Kresges building itself......I'm still convinced it's haunted.:yes:

Haunted? Haha I can see that. I wanted to say Zellers cause I remember the "Zellers" sign painted on the wall in that walkway. Even vague memories of the cafeteria with the swinging red stools. Cripes, I'm 5 yrs old again!

I miss that old building smell lol. I was reminded of the old Eatons when I was at D'illards in Cleveland @ Tower City before it closed down because it had the MASSIVE wooden escalators. I remember taking the warehouse style elevator with the gates, the toy department in the basement and my mom paying her Eatons bill on the top floor. Also the Robinsons store and the trolley busses bring back memories indeed.

My parents and I lived downtown on Catherine St. til' I was about 4, than we moved to a starter home in West Hamilton. My dad would also stoller me to the 'Book Villa' on King, and 'Jewells Book Store' in the Terminal Towers. I know this is a photothead, but just wanted to share some memories of the core :cool:

stuckinexeter Mar 24, 2011 6:43 PM

can anyone help with this old photo i found online.
 
The pic below was titled looking toward VanWagners Beach.... i am assuming this was taken on Windemere Rd in the 30's or 40's, but what interests me is the sign in the photo. Can anyone elaborate on it.... thanks....

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...VanWagners.jpg

matt602 Mar 24, 2011 11:52 PM

That's pretty weird.

palace1 Mar 25, 2011 1:31 AM

Maybe the Winona Rifle Range (which is just east of the Hamilton border, in Grimsby)?

stuckinexeter Mar 25, 2011 9:55 AM

the canal .... and all the bridges
 
Here are some old photos found on this website .....
http://hamiltonbeachcommunity.com
they are from the spectator and library archives and pretty much
self explanatory. Enjoy!

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...ee_Bridges.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4.../SupEngX16.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...Specoct58a.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...Specjul58a.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...r/pwgsc505.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...r/pwgsc503.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...r/pwgsc502.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...lyodBloom7.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4..._17th_1961.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4.../Jamescoll.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...r/Imperial.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/GE45.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/Dean1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...truction14.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...truction11.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...truction10.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...ter/Canal1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/1956b.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...ter/1956_G.jpg

SteelTown Mar 25, 2011 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stuckinexeter (Post 5214979)

Do I see people walking on a sidewalk on the Skyway Bridge?!

scotto Mar 26, 2011 2:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stuckinexeter (Post 5213933)
The pic below was titled looking toward VanWagners Beach.... i am assuming this was taken on Windemere Rd in the 30's or 40's, but what interests me is the sign in the photo. Can anyone elaborate on it.... thanks....

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...VanWagners.jpg

Hi stuckinexeter;
No that is VanWagners Beach where Hutch's is located, during WW2 large guns were tested over Lake Ontario before being sent overseas.
Thanks for plugging my Site.

stuckinexeter Mar 26, 2011 8:16 AM

Hamilton Beach Community website
 
Hey Scotto .... that is cool website... i found a long lost cousin in the forum.
.... and i actually lived for a year as a baby back in '47 just down the road
from Hutch's ....

stuckinexeter Mar 26, 2011 11:49 AM

Really OLD Hamilton
 
OK.... from the University Of California archives some really old pics.... most were taken long before i was thought of .... lol ....
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham44.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...er/ham19-1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham13.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham20.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham18.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham17.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham16.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham15.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham14.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham12.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham11.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham10.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham9.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham8.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham6.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham5.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham4.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham3.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham2.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham1.jpg

hamtransithistory Mar 27, 2011 4:58 PM

Awesome

Lets see if we can add some dates to these

those are the tracks fo the Hamilton Radial on the right, so this is after 1896
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham44.jpg

Gore Park has been extended, but the tower flag pole hasn't been built, so this is circa 1899
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham13.jpg

The tower flag pole has been built, but the washrooms haven't, so this is sometime between 1900 and 1913
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...eter/ham18.jpg

This is the First Methodist Church under construction, so this is the summer of 1913
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham4.jpg

Gage Farm, not yet Gage Park. So before 1919, but judging by the sprawl, not very much before 1919
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...xeter/ham3.jpg

drpgq Mar 27, 2011 5:42 PM

That's an awesome Gore Park photo.

markhornich Mar 28, 2011 5:50 AM

depressing pictures

parklady Mar 30, 2011 11:55 AM

Airport
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DC83 (Post 3577118)
These photos are great! I have a bunch of Hamilton history books displayed in my bookshelf, no need to be ashamed. It's just a way of looking into the future, really. If you look at these pics, and see how urban planning then worked, we can use it as examples for the future (ie: return of Street Rail).

There were some great pics I hadn't actually seen b4 tho, like the Main/Huxley shot. I think that theater is a collectors/comic shop now called 'Weird Things'. The bldg's still there, but the awning is gone.

Was the airport actually at Reid/Dunsmure? If you look at google maps sat image, it looks like the aiport was a lil more north by Melvin/Woodward (it's neat b/c it looks like the outline of runways):
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en...=16&iwloc=addr

The airport was between Dunsmure and Melvin ..... I grew up on Martha Street and our house was built on the airport.

matt602 Mar 30, 2011 9:46 PM

Weird. I live off Oriole Crescent and didn't know that airport stretched that far.

woreg75 Mar 30, 2011 10:16 PM

Martha Street?
 
I grew up on that street too!
A lot of stories and memories from that area!:cheers:

parklady Apr 1, 2011 11:34 PM

http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/hillcrest/his...vicairport.htm

stuckinexeter Apr 3, 2011 10:53 AM

small world eh?
 
...although i grew up in the Montgomery Park area, one of my best friends lived on Martha St. (this was the early 60's)
...maybe we should thumb through our parent b&w photos of us ... bet ya we all
know someone in the area that another person on here knows.... lol.

SteelTown Apr 7, 2011 5:23 PM

Portrait of a City (Hamilton) from 1940.....

http://vimeo.com/22031635

stuckinexeter Apr 8, 2011 10:10 AM

Excellent Vid Link Above
 
Many thanks to Brian Potstra for the "Portrait Of A City" on Vimeo.com
Here are a couple of still shots from the film the city of Hamilton produced
in the 40's.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5149/...0b40e4f6_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/...267da1cb_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5103/...219deef8_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/...50834431_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/...62476b32_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/...492ccfea_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/...f9c08734_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5067/...57ea15bc_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/...309638a4_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5021/...8bbb154a_m.jpg

bigguy1231 Apr 9, 2011 5:29 AM

I remember that old roundabout on the QEW at Highway 20(Centennial Pkwy).

JNMCWATTERS Sep 16, 2011 12:23 AM

What book or trade journal are these images from? Any information would be extremely helpful.
Thanks

Quote:

Originally Posted by stuckinexeter (Post 4383840)
Came across some photos of stuff you may c but never take note of. Feel free to add photos of similar items below. All pictures courtesy of archive.org and are in the public domain.

The developement of electrical power started about 1900 from the Niagara area to points in Ontario. Here are some early pics of the transmission lines/towers and some still do exist.

The pic below is the Niagara/Dundas/London corridor line. This view looks north towards the Dundas substation. The line on right is incoming from Niagara, the line on left outgoing to London. This line still exists today from Dundas to Ingersoll and also along Hwy 6 from Waterdown to Guelph.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...00listuo-3.jpg

The next pic is of the same line while workers erected the towers. Note the fact no safety gear......
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...00listuo-2.jpg

Next is that same line from Niagara Falls at the Welland Canal. Note the workmen on the canal tower finishing it off while the line is only strung to the shorter tower on the left.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...00listuo-1.jpg

Next is the switching station from the first line to reach Hamilton, before Niagara power lines. This station served the line from Decew Falls to Hamilton and was situated north of CNR tracks at Strathearne Ave in Hamilton
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...0listuoft-.jpg

This power line below ran from Niagara Falls ON via Chippewa, Fort Erie & Buffalo to Syracuse NY.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...e00lundr-2.jpg

This line was part of the original Niagara to London Line. It still exists today running from London to Stratford.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...e00lundr-1.jpg

This dual line ran from Niagara along the escarpment to a point near Stoney Creek at Ridge Rd. It then descended and travelled diagonally across the beach strip, where it headed northease across Burlington, meeting with the CNR tracks past Guelph Line. This line may still exist in the Hwy 20 Fonthill area.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...00lundrich.jpg

Finally the original Decew Falls line to Hamilton. Part of this line still exists in the Pelham area. Ontario Hydro left one tower standing to mark the historical
site of the line to Hamilton. It stands at Greenhill Ave at the foot of Cochrane Rd.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f4...00listuoft.jpg


stuckinexeter Sep 20, 2011 9:44 PM

.... pics obtained in open library online texts at
www.archive.org
.... in the search box type in anything to do with hydro such as
pylons, transmission lines, ontario hydro etc. etc. then select... you can download
the pdf of the book .... this is all for free and in public domain.

JNMCWATTERS Sep 26, 2011 3:47 AM

Thanks, did some searching and found the books that the other hydro related images you posted came out of but not this particular volume. I see its from the Toronto Public Library. Would you happen to have the title of the book or perhaps have saved a copy?
I've been researching, visiting and documenting the 1910 line from Niagara-Dundas-Guelph as well as the old Toronto and Niagara Power Co. line that are pictured.

palace1 Sep 26, 2011 6:32 PM

The images without Figure #'s are from the 1913 book "Hamilton Canada: Its History, Commerce, Industries and Resources"
http://www.archive.org/details/hamil...tory00listuoft

JNMCWATTERS Sep 28, 2011 12:42 AM

Found what I was looking for, thanks very much for your help.

matt602 Jan 5, 2012 6:57 AM

Came across this one while searching for info on Hamilton's Trolley buses. It's a real gem. Even in 1983 Hamilton was still pretty awesome.

Video Link

Frankenrogers Jan 5, 2012 12:34 PM

Interesting about the national advertisers on the sides of the buses which you don't really see today in Hamilton.

IronWarrior Jan 6, 2012 6:20 AM

I remember riding on those buses as a kid around downtown Hamilton and they would sometimes spark, I always thought it was cool then. It's sad to see the clip in that video of the old Eatons on James Street, lots of memories...

CaptainKirk Jan 7, 2012 7:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by IronWarrior (Post 5539471)
I remember riding on those buses as a kid around downtown Hamilton and they would sometimes spark, I always thought it was cool then. It's sad to see the clip in that video of the old Eatons on James Street, lots of memories...

I remember when James st N was one way. ;)

stuckinexeter Apr 13, 2012 3:36 PM

time for a few more oldies....
 
Haven't posted any old or related photos for awhile.... found all these online and were traced to The Spec or library archives.


Here is a pic of the W.F.Fitzgerald moments after striking the bridge. She is backing up to enter the bay via the south channel. http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...30-52-IB-3.jpg

Aerial view.... part of Stelco 1953.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...Stelco1953.jpg

The Stoney Creek Traffic Circle
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...qew-245_lg.jpg

Heading down Hwy. 20 into Stoney Creek. Note the hydro line atop the cut.
This was the first direct long distance transmission of power into Hamilton in 1898 from Decew Falls.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...wy20-21_lg.jpg

King Street West (south side) between James & McNab.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...hamilton21.jpg

One of the early locomotives used by Dofasco to shunt cars on their property.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/.../dofasco6b.jpg

The Brant Inn viewed from the air.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...naerial934.jpg

Building the Skyway Bridge
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...rian/aa-15.jpg

Two views of First United Church the night after it burned to the ground.
First Place now stands in this block King/Wellington/Main.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...rian/a-1c7.jpg
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...rian/a-1b8.jpg

This pic is someone we never saw as much as his criminal wife.
(courtesy B. Laufman)
John Dick ..... his wife Evelyn helped butcher him in '46 dumping his body
on the mountainside.... you can find more than enough about her online.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...5176944533.jpg

Another shot of the Brant Inn
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...-13_092613.jpg

Dofasco.... the diagonal intersection lower part is Ottawa St & Beach Rd.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...an/1947-1b.jpg

Even I remember this sign when they were building the Skyway...
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...kyway-name.jpg

mattgrande Apr 13, 2012 5:44 PM

Where was the Brant Inn?

LikeHamilton Apr 13, 2012 6:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stuckinexeter (Post 5665100)


The Brant Inn viewed from the air.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/...naerial934.jpg
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Where North Shore and Lake Shore Blvd meet. Maple Ave. would be the road running to the right of the large intersection in front of the Inn. This is where Spencer Smith Park starts. Joseph Brant Hospital would be on the corner where the sign is on the grass.


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