Category Archives: bridges/viaducts

A Peculiar Notion: Foot Bridge Across First Narrows, 1909

The plan above appears to have been one of the first proposals for a crossing of the Burrard Inlet at First Narrows (preceding the very different Lion’s Gate Bridge by about 30 years). It was the brain child of William Thomas … Continue reading

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Cecil Akrigg and Stan Lowe Go for a Climb

Cecil Akrigg and Stan Lowe were in their 20s when they made these images to remember their adventures in and around the Lion’s Gate Bridge ca 1939. No mention is made as to whether their climb up the bridge tower (of … Continue reading

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Granville Bridge by Landauer

This is an outstanding image made of what today we typically refer to as “the Granville Bridge” (left), but which is in fact the third and unquestionably the most massive of the three False Creek crossings at roughly this location. The image was made … Continue reading

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Why a ‘Bailey Bridge’ in Downtown Vancouver, 1944?

I could find out nothing about the above bridge either online or in the local library. The photograph of the bridge (1 of 2 by Don Coltman; the other image is here) shows the structure spanning Georgia Street at one-way, south-bound … Continue reading

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First Avenue Viaduct

The very small grade change associated with the bridge once known widely as the First Avenue Viaduct contributes to its near-invisibility to the modern eye. The principal function of the pre-WWII viaduct was to allow motor traffic to travel over the rail yards … Continue reading

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Western End of First Georgia Viaduct (1915-71)

This image illustrates for me, yet again, the potential of a photograph to help me see things as they once were. I knew from earlier reading that the first Georgia Viaduct (1915) began and terminated at different points than does the current (1972-installed … Continue reading

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Gulf of Georgia Towing

The images above and below show the Gulf of Georgia Towing Co. from different angles. The one above is looking from west of the second Granville Bridge (the swing-span bridge that crossed false creek prior to the construction of the present … Continue reading

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The Workingman’s Store

This is an image from the City of Vancouver Archives which I hadn’t noticed before. It is most interesting. First, it is worth getting oriented. We are looking north on Main Street and Stuart Thomson, the photographer, is standing with … Continue reading

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Crossing the Inlet

This post celebrates the launch this week of Sea Otter II, the newest among the vessels that ply the waters of Burrard Inlet between Waterfront Station (Vancouver) and Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) for SeaBus. For more information about SO2, including … Continue reading

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Hogan’s Alley

Hogan’s Alley, the only predominantly (though not exclusively) black neighbourhood in Vancouver was destroyed by the City in the late 1960s. The reasons were two-fold: partly it had to be demolished to make room for a highway that (thankfully) never … Continue reading

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Kitsilano Indian Reserve Beach

This image was made shortly after completion of the Burrard Bridge, to the east in background. The bridge behind Burrard Bridge is most likely the former railway trestle bridge crossing false creek (now gone). Behind the trestle is the Granville … Continue reading

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War Dance and Carnival, 1917

There was a four-day fundraiser called the War Dance and Carnival held May, 1917 on the Cambie Street Grounds and the adjacent ‘old’ Georgia Street Viaduct. The Carnival was sponsored by the B.C. Commercial Travellers’ Association in aid of four charities: the Red Cross Material … Continue reading

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From Rail/Industrial Park to Artificial Turf

This green space on the outskirts of downtown today is known as Andy Livingstone Park. From 1915-1960s, the first Georgia Viaduct would have cut across the southern section of where the park is today. Before the artificial turf of the athletic … Continue reading

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Farewell, McHarg Viaduct

This is a view of the eastern end of the McHarg (aka the “old” Georgia) Viaduct as demolition of it began in 1971. (1) The photograph was taken from the surface of the viaduct, looking toward Main Street. The demolition would … Continue reading

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Street Cleaning Method: 1914

I’m assuming that the conveyances shown in this 1914 image were City of Vancouver entries in the annual Labour Day Parade (and probably also had the function of cleaning up after other animals in the parade). These water tanks, used by … Continue reading

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Georgia Viaduct #1 and Eastern Entry of Dunsmuir Tunnel

This coloured postcard was made sometime after 1915; that is the year that the ‘first’ Georgia Viaduct — the one shown here —  was constructed. This viaduct (unlike the current one, which was constructed in the early 1970s) was not twinned; both … Continue reading

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Old Main St Wharf?

This image is a recent acquisition, purchased at a metro Vancouver antiques/ephemera fair. There is nothing written on the back of the photo and there are precious few clues in the image itself, but I’ve recently reached the tentative conclusion that the … Continue reading

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Skyline: On the Cusp

Within a few years of the approximate date of this image (1983), Vancouver’s downtown skyline along False Creek would change, utterly. A key change driver would be Expo ’86 and all of the building that followed in its wake. A significant part of the construction was happening … Continue reading

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