By John David Hamilton
Winnipeg used to be Canada's first very important urban within the west and used to be 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 a completely smooth city of 100,000 in exactly thirty years and via then had a school, newspapers, publishing organisations, an important theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West. growing to be Winnipeg used to be served with paddle-wheelers at the pink River, crimson River ox carts, a Canadian-owned railway to St. Paul, Minnesota, and at last the CPR linking Montreal with the west coast. A Winnipeg Album is a pictorial impact of Winnipeg's vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short historical past, compiled and with statement by way of John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 beautiful black-and-white images checklist the early days of town and hint a number of the 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.
Finally, the police tried to restrict prostitution to an area with fewer respectable citizens to complain. They found it east of the CPR station in a loop of the Red River called Point Douglas. Point Douglas before the hookers (1900). PAM - Winnipeg Views Collection - N4551 47 WINNIPEG T HE GAS WORKS filled the area between the CPR station and Annabella, where there were houses on one side and gas works on the other. The adjoining McFarlane Street was an extension of the red-light area. The prostitutes were encouraged to buy the flimsy, two-storey wooden houses in the area and move in.
PAM - Foote Collection - N2701 45 WINNIPEG "Old" Main Street (1928). 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.
A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton