Archive for the ‘Bridges’ Category
I posted a picture of this bridge almost exactly one year ago today. Here it is from the other side.
The photo below is edited to look the way I think the bridge should look. All those wires are distracting.
The January thaw and rainfall created swollen creeks and rivers in Waterloo Region.
Three Bridges Road just outside the village of St. Jacobs was closed due to rising water on the Conestoga River.
The buggy bridge was under water and drivers who came this far in spite of the signs had no choice but to make a U-turn and take another route to Hawkesville Road.
This is one of the nicest entries into the City of Kitchener. The Freeport Bridge spans the Grand River and Freeport Health Centre, part of Grand River Hospital, stands on the hill above the river. I took this picture from Canoeing the Grand which was featured in yesterday’s post. The picture in the October 19, 2010 post was taken below the same bridge.
This picture shows the King Street East bow bridge over the Grand River at Freeport with the rail bridge in the foreground. Several of my older patients at Freeport Health Centre have told me stories about the electric rail passenger service between Preston, Freeport and Kitchener-Waterloo which was in operation between 1903 and 1955. It is interesting that discussions about a new light rail transit system are in progress at this time.
Here is an informative website about the history of electric rail passenger service in Waterloo Region. I have copied a couple of paragraphs below.
“In 1894 with the completion of the Galt-Preston line, a charter to build an electric rail line between Preston and Berlin (Kitchener) was granted to Thomas Todd of Galt (President of the G & P), Fred Clare of Preston and J.A. Fennel of Kitchener. For various reasons, the Preston and Berlin Street Railway lay dormant until 1900 when it was reorganized. Construction on the new line began in 1901 at the G, P & H connection at east Preston. From there it followed the G, P & H line to Preston Junction at the entrance to Riverside Park. From there it traveled through Freeport and on to Berlin where it connected with the Berlin and Waterloo Street Railway. The laying of the track was completed by 1902 but initial passenger service on the line was delayed until February 5, 1903. The official opening of the line occurred on August 21, 1903 with normal service in place five days later.
However, the other modes of transportation began to make inroads into the rail passenger traffic and in April 1950 the Grand River Railway requested permission from the Board of Transport Commissioners to discontinue passenger service. As a result of local protests, the request was refused but business did not improve. In 1955 the company renewed its request to discontinue passenger rail service and this time the request was granted. On April 14, 1955, electric rail passenger service in Cambridge came to an end. Electric freight service continued for a few more years but the end of the local electric rail service same on October 1, 1961 when diesels took over the local freight traffic.”
The remnants of the historic community of Doon are nestled along this road which is surrounded by new subdivisions and busy streets. Two one lane bridges span Schneider Creek as it flows toward Lower Doon and the Grand River. I will post more pictures of the area over the next few days. (map)
I have taken many pictures of this beautiful landmark in downtown Cambridge (Galt) from various angles along the adjacent Grand River. I have tried to keep the majority of pictures on this blog current and the first picture was taken this year. My favourite shot of Central Presbyterian Church was taken on Remembrance Day in 2007 and is shown below with the Main Street bridge over the Grand River in the foreground. (map)
The City of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler and the hamlet of Blair amalgamated in 1973 to form the city of Cambridge. Each of the original communities have maintained a separate identity with their own downtown areas. In my opinion, Galt is the most interesting architecturally with many historical buildings preserved and in use to this day. It has the look of a European city especially along the banks of the Grand River.