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Old Posted Aug 17, 2020, 7:31 PM
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The Great Canadian horse trough thread

Does your city have old drinking fountains built at unusual heights? They may be drinking fountains for horses or dogs. Some of them have been converted into planters or lighting fixtures over the years.

Here is one in Yarmouth NS that is very explicit:



Another:


These ones are standard designs by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association in the UK:

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More here: https://halifaxbloggers.ca/noticedin...ance-fountain/
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This is a crazier thread idea than the keys and wallet one lol!
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This is a crazier thread idea than the keys and wallet one lol!
The Canadian section always delivers.

I believe Regina has torn down anything of heritage value so there are definitely no horse troughs left here.
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We have one fountain that's "inspired by" such historic infrastructure, one that was a block away at George and Sussex in the 1800s before running water was widely available in the city, but none of the originals AFAIK. The York Street Millennium Fountain was dedicated by Jim Watson on August 11th, 2000 (Mayor of Ottawa 1997-2000, 2010-present).


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It’s funny, but I have no memory of horse troughs in K-W in the 1960s -70s, even though horse-drawn vehicles were still pretty common. There must have been some, at the Kitchener farmers’ market for example but, knowing K-W, they were probably pretty utilitarian. Those Yarmouth examples are beautiful!
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I love this. There are a handful surviving in St. John’s but mostly in old parks. None of the ones at the centre of “squares” (former roundabouts) in the core remain to my knowledge. They’d all be in the middle of traffic lanes now.

They look like this:



And they’re still used by Royal Newfoundland Constabulary patrols.



The ones that used to be everywhere in the core were just as simple:

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Yes, we have this one in St. James park:

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Yes, we have this one in St. James park:

Horse at the front, human at the back?
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Honestly, someone123, if you can pull this thread off, you deserve early induction into the SSP Hall of Fame.
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Do the old urinal troughs at Winnipeg Arena and Winnipeg Stadium count? I remember seeing many a cup of Molson Dry and even a pack of Players Ltd. go down the old trough streams at the Arena and Stadium during Jets and Bombers games.
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There is an old historical horse trough in Victoria Park in North Vancouver. There is another one near Lynne Valley but I couldn't find an image of it.




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I think Stanley Park has some, but now I really need to know how far the closest one is to my home as a measure of equestrian urbanity.
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Do the old urinal troughs at Winnipeg Arena and Winnipeg Stadium count? I remember seeing many a cup of Molson Dry and even a pack of Players Ltd. go down the old trough streams at the Arena and Stadium during Jets and Bombers games.
I also thought this was some thread about pissing in old stadiums. I've pissed in troughs at Fenway Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Churchill Downs. Haven't seen one in Canada yet. Not sure if they had them at ML Gardens when I first went to a game circa 1995.

As for what this thread is about, I didn't even know these things existed. I may have walked by one at some point but didn't realize what it was or didn't even notice. Pretty cool though, now that I think about it.
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I can't think of any in Edmonton. There will be some within the Whitemud Equine Centre but. . . nothing beyond that. Unless I'm missing something in downtown or Old Strathcona or anything up Fort Road.
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I can't think of any in Edmonton. There will be some within the Whitemud Equine Centre but. . . nothing beyond that. Unless I'm missing something in downtown or Old Strathcona or anything up Fort Road.
We actually do — kinda — in the form of the Art Nouveauesque styled McIntyre Memorial Fountain in Strathcona. A City walking pamphlet says that the 1913 fountain was "made of bronze, and featured three gas lamps, three drinking fountains for people, two for dogs and one for horses."

Now, the original McIntyre Fountain was located in the middle of the meridian and was knocked over by a careless driver in 1952. Basically destroyed beyond repair, the one that stands today in McIntyre Park is a nearly identical reproduction built in '91. And by "nearly," I mean they got all the fine finishings and details down pat, but omitted the trough for obvious reasons.

So I guess we don't, but we did, and and the thing that would have had it was remade, but lacks it now...

Here's a picture of the original in the 1920s:



...and the reproduction:


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Does this count? I mean, it's obviously for deer, but...

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I was expecting pictures of federal government buildings
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No horses at those troughs ....
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I was expecting pictures of federal government buildings
Pigs only (and politicians).
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Had no idea. Thanks for the thread.
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