By John David Hamilton
Winnipeg used to be Canada's first very important urban within the west and was once the provision element for different prairie towns like Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, or even far away Vancouver. It exploded from a village of 2,700 humans in 1877 to an absolutely smooth city of 100,000 in exactly thirty years and by way of then had a college, newspapers, publishing corporations, a big theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West. starting to be Winnipeg used to be served with paddle-wheelers at the crimson River, purple River ox carts, a Canadian-owned railway to St. Paul, Minnesota, and eventually the CPR linking Montreal with the west coast. A Winnipeg Album is a pictorial effect of Winnipeg's vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short historical past, compiled and with statement via John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 wonderful black-and-white pictures checklist the early days of the town and hint the various dramatic occasions that made Winnipeg "Canada's Chicago."
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RAM - Winnipeg Streets Collection - N2696 46 Glimpses of the Way We Were P ART OF WINNIPEG'S early town planning involved the entertainment of the hordes of newcomers who came flooding out of the CPR station looking for "fun, booze, and broads" on Main Street. Saloons sprang up everywhere, and the grifters supplied games of chance where the immigrants and farm workers could lose their pay. No women were allowed in the saloons, but thousands of males bellied up to the bar for rotgut and beer. Prostitution was another matter: it was as old as the city — at first being practised in shacks and tents near the corner of Portage and Main — then moved a mile or so west on Portage Avenue.
They were a brawny lot. Police constable in fur coat and hat. This beat cop was photographed in 1892, but his grandchildren were patrolling ^Winnipeg streets half a century later — and in similar winter uniforms. RAM - Winnipeg Police Department Collection - 8 48 Glimpses of the Way We Were "Stalwart" was the word for Winnipeg police, whether one was talking about the men themselves or their police stations. The Force in front of the James Avenue station (1886). PAM - Winnipeg Police Department Collection-N11699 49 WINNIPEG ONEtiesCAN SEE between 1886theri and 1910 with the detective f taking in a couple of mu suspets Winnipegs Finest with two ypung murder susp PAM FOCTE COLLECTION N2651 50 Glimpses of the Way We Were And the city had safe-blowers, too ...
He looked at me with ingenuous blue eyes and replied: "Gee, it was a swell party! " Such was the vulgar, bad-taste standard of newspapermen two generations ago. Glimpses of the Way We Were It was a crude world we grew up in, and it was surprising that we got relatively civilized as fast as we did. This was attributed to our clergymen and school teachers rather than our politicians. The mighty financial institutions supplied a measure of stability. Above all, the Grain Exchange and other financial neighbours like the Great West Life Assurance Company and the Royal Trust, formed the focus of Winnipeg.
A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton