Tag Archives: Queen’s Avenue School

Churchill Square Area: Looking Northeast from 100 Street

The 1923 image below is a perfect example of why archival photographs and documents should be geotagged in a GIS environment. This is why I completed my EdArch pilot project in summer 2012 and later worked on the very similar Edmonton HGIS project at the University of Alberta.

The Glenbow Archives’ original description for the image below focused on the tractor and only briefly mentioned the Big 4 Transfer Co (“Cockshutt – Fordson tractor and plow. Big 4 Transfer.Edmonton, Alberta.”). Thankfully I now know that this company had been in the Potter Block and was able to figure out where the photo was from. 

Throughout doing the Edmonton HGIS Project I had tried to locate a photo showing the area of today’s city hall, but had no luck. At that point I was unaware of the Big 4 Transfer Co and certainly would not have used “tractor” as a search term. Nobody would…

So, for your enjoyment, the area of today’s City Hall and Churchill Square…

1923

The image below shows numerous houses that used to be on the site of Edmonton’s city hall along with: 1. Queens Avenue School ; 2. Potter Block ; and 3. the later site of the 1960s CN station and tower.

nc-6-10706 - Cockshutt - Fordson tractor and plow. Big 4 Transfer.Edmonton, Alberta. - Lookin NE on 100 Street - 1923 (Annotated)

Google Streetview

nc-6-10706 - Cockshutt - Fordson tractor and plow. Big 4 Transfer.Edmonton, Alberta. - Lookin NE on 100 Street - Now

EdHGIS: 1914 Fire Insurance Maps & Google Earth Imagery

nc-6-10706 - Cockshutt - Fordson tractor and plow. Big 4 Transfer.Edmonton, Alberta. - Lookin NE on 100 Street - Map

Edmonton CNR Railway Stations (104 Ave at 100 Street and 101 Street)

In 1905 the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) built a station at 104 Ave and 101 Street. Later, in 1928 an additional railway depot was built east of the old station at 100 Street. The 1905 station was torn down in 1953 and in 1966 the front of the 1928 station was replaced with CN Tower but part of the rear (office) section from the 1928 station remains to this day! You can see the 1905 station and the entire 1928 station (front and rear) in the photo below.

1928 (1928 Station Interior)

nd-3-4052 - First tickets sold at the new Canadian National Railways Station, Edmonton, Alberta.

nd-3-4055 - Interior view, Canadian National Railways Station, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1928

1905 and 1928 Stations: Circa 1940s

Peel Prairie Provinces Collection

Image courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

EA-10-132 - Edmonton - Looking East from 103 Street - CNR Stations - 1945

1928 Station: Circa 1930s

Peel PC012087 - Canadian Northern Railway's Station, Edmonton, Alberta - ca 1928

Image courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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Peel Prairie PrImage courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.ovinces Collection

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1947

Here is the 1928 CNR station again, this time halfway through its lifetime. As, you can seen, the Queen’s Avenue School is right next to it. I went to high school at a school where train tracks were nearby, but not this close! One has to wonder how much of a distraction it must have been to study right next to one of Edmonton’s major rail terminals…

Peel Prairie Provinces Collection

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